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The Sports Doctoral Fellowship is a combined Doctor of Science program from Baylor University and APTA Credentialed Clinical Fellowship 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, culminating in 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, Fellows complete sports-specific special topics such as athletic injuries, athletic taping, on-the-field point-of-injury emergency care, dermatology, and performance enhancement.

Semester I                                                         

PHT 6387   Research & Statistics I

PHT 6310   Soft Tissue and Bone Pathophysiology

PHT 6320   Athletic Injuries I

PHT 6391   Clinical Fellowship I

PHT 6150   Orthopaedic Lecture Series I

PHT 6395   Advanced Sports Medicine Practicum I

Semester II        

PHT 6388   Research & Statistics II

PHT 6340   Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics I

PHT 6321   Athletic Injuries II        

PHT 6392   Clinical Fellowship II

PHT 6292   Special Topics: Seminar I   

Semester III

PHT 6389   Research & Statistics III

PHT 6341   Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics II

PHT 6293   Special Topics: Seminar II

PHT 6393   Clinical Fellowship III

PHT 6396   Advanced Sports Medicine Practicum II

PHT 6152   Orthopaedic Lecture Series II

Semester IV

PHT 6379   Advanced Radiology in Sports Medicine

PHT 6394   Clinical Fellowship IV

PHT 6153   Orthopaedic Lecture Series III

PHT 6397   Advanced Sports Medicine Practicum III

PHT 6384   Independent Study

PHT 6294   Differential Diagnosis in Sports Medicine


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, but not limited to boxing, football, wrestling, rugby, and lacrosse.

Fellows are exposed to 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.