Sports Residency Program

Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance, LLC
Sports Residency Program

Premier Physical Therapy’s Sports Residency became one of a limited number of officially fully accredited Sports Residency programs recognized by the ABPTRFE in 2014.


The curriculum for the Premier Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program is based upon the competencies defined in APTA’s Sports Description of Specialty Practice. Mentorship is provided by physical therapists, athletic trainers, surgeons and physicians who are all active providers in the local sports community. The program runs for 13 months in duration allowing a resident to participate in a full academic year of sporting activities to provide the resident experience in a variety of sports.

Breakdown of Hours:

  • A minimum of 1500 hours of clinical practice in a variety of settings that allow for at least 40% sports physical therapy caseload.
  • Approximately 400 hours of sports physical therapy coverage (Athletic training room and event coverage).
  • A minimum of 150 mentored hours, one-on-one with specialists (SCS, OCS, AT, MD) with patients/clients that meet the sports requirement.
  • A minimum of 75 hours of clinical instructor interaction in non-patient care planned educational experiences.

Other things to consider:

  • Mentoring for Case Study submission for presentation/publication
  • Preparation for Sports Clinical Specialist exam
  • Didactic work to include – APTA SCS Preparatory Course; Musculoskeletal Imaging course work
  • 40 hours of Sports Enhancement Training
  • Affiliation with two local high schools which would allow a sports resident the unique opportunity to work closely with athletic trainers and to gain firsthand experience in athletics.
  • Journal Clubs
  • Community Event coverage (Mud Run, Local 5K events and other youth sports events)

Contact information:

Jennifer Atwood, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Residency Program Director/Coordinator
200 Cleaver Farm Road, Suite 400
Middletown, DE 19709
(302) 449-2048

Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis. The current deadlines are: 02/01/2019 for an August 2019 start and 08/01/2019 for a February 2020 start.

Sports Application Link: