Residency Programs

Texas Health Sports Medicine is involved in improving the health of the community through research and residency programs. Offering accredited sports and orthopedic physical therapy residency programs with opportunities to be involved in the development, collection, and dissemination of research, Texas Health Sports Medicine prepares its residents for advanced clinical practice.

Sports Physical Therapy Residency
In accordance with the American Physical Therapy Association's requirements for post-professional clinical residency programs for physical therapists, the Texas Health Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Residency program works to advance the physical therapist resident's preparation as a provider of patient care services in the area of sports physical therapy with a specific emphasis in the prevention and treatment of upper and lower extremity injuries.

Past Sports Physical Therapy Residency graduates have gone on to work with the Major League Baseball, the Women’s National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, US Women’s National Soccer Team, National Women’s Soccer League, various Division I universities, elite international soccer/football academies, and high-level sports medicine and sports performance clinics. Our graduates have also gone on to complete fellowships, earn their PhD’s, become professors and mentors in physical therapy education, create and run continuing education companies, and open their own sports medicine clinics.
  • Sample Sports Physical Therapy Resident Week
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

    Clinical Research
    9 a.m. to noon

    Journal Club
    8:30 to 10 a.m.

    Specialty Practice Observation
    10 a.m. to noon

    Clinical Practice
    9 a.m. to noon

    Clinical Investigation
    (Lab Instructor at Local PT Program)
    10 a.m. to noon

    Didactic Coursework
    9 a.m. to noon

    Sports Specialist Training
    (Local Div. I university)
    1 to 7 p.m.

    Clinical Practice
    1 to 7 p.m.

    Sports Specialist Training
    (Local Div. I university)
    1 to 7 p.m.

    Clinical Mentoring
    1 to 6 p.m.

    Clinical Practice
    1 to 5 p.m.

  • Sports Physical Therapy Residency Application Information

    American Physical Therapy AssociationThe Texas Health Sports Medicine sports physical therapy residency program is a planned program of post-professional clinical and didactic education for physical therapists that is designed to significantly advance a resident's expertise in examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention, and management of patients in the area of sports physical therapy. The curriculum for the sports physical therapy residency is based upon the description of specialty practice for sports physical therapy.

    The physical therapy residency is a 12-month program, beginning each August.  To apply to the Texas Health Sports Medicine sports residency program, you must meet the following application requirements:

    Application Requirements:

    • Physical therapy degree from an accredited physical therapy educational program
    • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Texas
    • Practicing at the level of a competent clinician with basic patient management issues related to examination, diagnosis/prognosis and intervention
    • Display professional behaviors and a strong interest in sports physical therapy
    • Current certified athletic trainer (ATC) designation, licensed emergency medical technician, OR certification as an emergency responder
    • Applications are due by December 1 to be considered for enrollment for the following calendar year
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation

    You may submit your application online at https://rfptcas.liaisoncas.com or contact:

    Sarah Whitt, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, OCS, CSCS
    Sports Physical Therapy Residency Director
    SarahWhitt@TexasHealth.org
    817-250-7514

  • Sports Physical Therapy Resident Research Publications
    • Lower Extremity Balance is Improved at Time of Return to Throwing in Baseball Players After an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction When Compared to Pre-Operative Measurements. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. 2014. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Joe Hannon.
    • Differences in Shoulder Internal Rotation Strength Between Baseball Players With Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction and Healthy Controls. 2022. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Sean Kennedy. Co-authors – physical therapy residents Phil Sheedy, Brooks Klein, and Mason Gist.
    • Female Adolescent Soccer Players Utilize Different Neuromuscular Strategies Between Limbs During the Propulsion Phase of a Lateral Vertical Jump. 2021. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Matt DeLang.
    • Limb dominance influences energy absorption contribution (EAC) during landing after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. 2021. Physical Therapy in Sport. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Jack Malafronte. Co-author – physical therapy resident Trevor Kovacs.
    • Sex Differences in Time to Return-to-Play Progression After Sport-Related Concussion. 2017. Sports Health. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Sarah Stone. Co-author – physical therapy resident Bobby Jean Lee.
    • Energy Absorption Contribution Deficits in Participants Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Implications for Second Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. 2022. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Trevor Kovacs. Co-author – physical therapy resident Jack Malafronte.
    • Screening to Detect Hip and Groin Problems in Elite Adolescent Football (Soccer) Players – Friend or Foe? 2021. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Matt DeLang.
    • Midseason Screening for Groin Pain, Severity, and Disability in 101 Elite American Youth Soccer Players: A Cross-Sectional Study. 2021. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Matt DeLang. Co-author – physical therapy resident Phil Sheedy.
    • Among Y-Balance Test-Lower Quarter Composite Scores, Hip Musculoskeletal Characteristics, and Pitching Kinematics in NCAA Division I Baseball Pitchers. 2019. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Adam Culiver.
    • Energy Absorption Contribution and Strength in Female Athletes at Return to Sport After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. 2018. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Marie Boo.
    • Short and long lever adductor squeeze strength values in 100 elite youth soccer players: Does age and previous groin pain matter? 2020. Physical Therapy in Sport. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Matt DeLang.
    • The Relationship Between Humeral Retrotorsion and Shoulder Range of Motion in Baseball Players With an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear. 2016. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Bobby Jean Lee.
    • Relationship Between Pre-operative and Twelve-week Post-operative Y-Balance and Quadriceps Strength In Athletes with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear. 2017. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. Lead author and researcher – physical therapy resident Cass Hallagin.

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Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency
The Texas Health Sports Medicine (THSM) Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is a one year program which features collaboration with prominent clinicians and educators at Texas Health Sports Medicine. The mission of the Texas Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency is to advance the physical therapist residents’ preparation as a provider of patient care services in the area of orthopedic physical therapy with a specific emphasis in teaching, research, and differential diagnosis.
  • Application Requirements

    To apply to the Texas Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency program, you must meet the following application requirements:

    • Physical therapy degree from an accredited physical therapy educational program
    • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Texas
    • Practicing at the level of a competent clinician with basic patient management issues related to examination, diagnosis/prognosis and intervention
    • Display professional behaviors and a strong interest in orthopedic physical therapy
    • Applications are due by May 24th to be considered for enrollment for the same calendar year
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Three letters of recommendation

    Interested applications may contact:

    Sarah Whitt, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, OCS, CSCS
    817-250-7514
    SarahWhitt@texashealth.org

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