The Sports Doctoral Fellowship is a combined Doctor of Science program and APTA Credentialed Clinical Residency in Sports Physical Therapy.
All sports fellows are required to obtain the Sports Emergency Medical Responder credential (or be a current Certified Athletic Trainer or current EMT-B) to be eligible to attend the program and provide sideline or courtside coverage for athletic events. The EMR credential is also a pre-requisite to sit for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties - Sports Clinical Specialists examination.
The 18-month program consists of rigorous, advanced, sports medicine focused training designed to prepare experienced physical therapists to be clinical experts for neuromusculoskeletal conditions from the point-of-injury (often on the athletic field), through evidence-based therapeutic intervention, and return to competition (and/or military duty).
The program is divided into four semesters and the curriculum includes a comprehensive array of clinically relevant topics including: anatomy, biomechanics, differential diagnosis, radiology, pharmacology, research design, and statistics. Additionally the residents complete sports-specific special topics such as athletic injuries, athletic taping, on-the-field emergency care, dermatology, and performance enhancement.
The fellows are required to participate in a minimum of 400 hours of sideline or courtside sports medicine coverage from a variety of sports including boxing, football, wrestling, rugby, and lacrosse.
The program director coordinates civilian and military resources including weekly lectures and case studies with the John A. Feagin Jr Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship, Division I athletic coverage at USMA, collaboration with the United States Air Force Academy, All-Army Sports coverage, collaboration with The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, weekly webinars and "think tanks" with the Michigan Institute for Human Performance, and site visits with professional sports teams in the region.