Program Background & History
"On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields on other days will bear the fruits of victory"—Gen. Douglas MacArthur
The on-the-field experience and sports medicine skills obtained by our residents on the "fields of friendly strife" at West Point, "bear fruits" when caring for our military tactical athletes in the future.
The U.S. Military – Baylor University Doctoral Residency in Sports Physical Therapy is the only post-professional sports medicine program for military PTs. The program was founded in 1994 by COL Charles "Chuck" Scoville at the United States Military Academy – West Point. It is an eighteen month program of advanced on-field, clinical, and didactic education in sports physical therapy. Like our sister program, the Army-Baylor OMPT Doctoral Fellowship, this program is a joint-service doctoral program for PTs from the Army, Air Force, and Navy.
The program is located in the Arvin Physical Development Center at the historic United States Military Academy (USMA) in West Point, New York . . . home of the Army Black Knights! Being located at West Point provides the residents the opportunity to work directly with Division I college athletes, Competitive Club Sports athletes, Intramural athletes, and military trainees, all in one location. Additionally, the residents gain experience providing sports medicine coverage to "All-Army" sports competitions (including the Military World Games), the "Warrior Games" for wounded warriors at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and the Army 10-Miler.
The residency was the one of the first in the nation to be formally credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1998. The residency was the first credentialed post-professional program for physical therapists in the military.