Residency in Sports Physical Therapy

Develop your skills to be an effective sports interdisciplinary team member

Our advanced post-professional training program incorporates advanced skills training, didactic learning, and acute injury and client patient management to prepare physical therapists as a specialized care providers for athletes. We prepare physical therapists to be essential members of the sports interdisciplinary team.

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The residency experience

The core of your experience is clinical care within the UIC Physical Therapy Faculty Practice alongside UIC clinical faculty. Our clinical faculty have diverse interests and specializations to provide a variety of perspectives and skill sets. In addition to clinical care, your residency is integrated in UIC athletics, including time spent learning from and working with highly accomplished orthopaedic physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning professionals.

Your time in residency will be packed with didactic learning and mentoring. Weekly half-hour blocks follow evaluations to ensure dedicated real time feedback. Weekly skills labs are conducted by experts in their respective areas. In addition to joint-by-joint orthopaedic and manual therapy content, examples of specific didactic topics we will cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports nutrition
  • Care for the pregnant and postpartum athlete
  • Acute injury and training room care management
  • Return to play
  • Equipment safety and environmental conditions
  • Medical screening
  • Advanced performance training and testing
  • Working effectively as a PT within the athlete interdisciplinary team

Academic track options

Contribute to research in UIC’s state-of-the-art labs, or pursue a clinical educator track, which trains you to teach physical therapy students. Completing the residendy program will earn you a graduate certificate in clinical research or clinical education, comprising 20 graduate credits that can be applied toward a PhD.

Clinical Educator Track

Under the mentorship of a senior core faculty member, the clinical educator track teaches you to become a more effective clinical educator for physical therapy students. You’ll enroll in Special Topics in Rehabilitation: Teaching and Education Development. If you’re interested in enhancing your communication skills or see yourself moving into a more formal educational role in the future, this is the right track for you.

Clinical Research Track

The clinical research track teaches you how to participate in clinical research trials, working through developing the investigation, obtaining IRB approval, subject consent, data collection, and abstract/manuscript preparation and submission. You’ll enroll in Research in Rehabilitation Sciences, where you’ll work with a faculty member to conduct independent research in one area of rehabilitation sciences.

What to Expect

Our program is a rigorous 13-month program including, but not limited to:

  • >100 hours of direct 1:1 mentoring
  • >1,500 hours of clinical care for the athletic patient
  • Weekly clinical reasoning sessions with faculty
  • Monthly presentations on critically appraised topics
  • Advanced didactic and skills training
  • Participation in research
  • Teaching opportunities at the undergraduate, DPT and post-professional level
  • Physician shadowing and surgical observation
  • On field and training room care of athletes alongside licensed athletic trainers
  • Integration with strength and conditioning

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Physical Therapy Faculty Practice

Our orthopedic outpatient physical therapy faculty practice is embedded in the Chicago community, providing high-quality physical therapy services in a convenient location.

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Meet our residents

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    Amanda Montbriand

    Focusing on injury prevention, return to sport, injuries in the overhead athlete and clinical education

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