The Mission of the URI Sport Physical Therapy Residency is
To provide physical therapists with the advanced knowledge and skill training in a Sports physical therapy environment that fosters the growth of professionals by a team of educators committed to clinical excellence.
The URI Sports Residency is a 12-month program that is provides both didactic and clinical training with extensive mentoring and on-field athletic venue coverage. The program is designed to provide physical therapists with advanced training in examination, clinical decision-making and treatment skills utilizing a broad-based eclectic curriculum and multi-disciplinary approach for the treatment of athletes. Lab training, didactic teaching, mentoring in the clinic and on the field allow faculty to focus on the individual needs of each resident. The curriculum is also designed to prepare therapists for the American Physical Therapy Board of Specialists Sport Physical Therapy Certification exam
Roxanne St.Martin, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Each year the sports residency is anticipated to have additional sites. Please make sure to contact us for specific locations.
Program Outline/ Plan of Study
Each resident provides patient care at one of URI partners’ leading outpatient facilities. Lecture and manual skills training occur at one of the clinical facility regional locations in addition to our online courses designed to meet sports specialty. Residents have the opportunity to participate in a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care by being a part of a team including physicians and athletic trainers.
6 weekend on-site labs
Module 1: Acute Care and Clinical Reasoning: Topics Include Sideline Assessment and Management to include Cervical Spine Stabilization, Concussion Assessment and Management, Bracing and Splinting
Module 2: Lower Quarter: Posture and Gait analysis, Muscle Length assessment, Lumbar and Pelvic Girdle Evaluation and Treatment, Abdominal and Core Assessment.
Module 3: Lower Quarter Cont: Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Evaluation and Treatment, Sensory-motor system/ Proprioception
Module 4: Upper Quarter: Cervical, Thoracic, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Evaluation and Assessment
Module 5: High Level Function and Return to Play: Topics include Radiology, Surgical Procedures and Rehabilitation
Considerations, Return to Play Considerations and Progression
Module 6: Special Considerations: Topics include Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning Principles, Pharmacology and Radiology, Pain Sciences, the Female Athlete and Medical Consideration
A minimum of 150 hours of patient care are spent 1:1 mentoring with a therapist that has received ABPTS certification.
Additional experiences: The resident is required to complete 200 hours of on-field athletic venue coverage and 100 hours of physician clinical observation or lecture hours
Goals of the Program
Foster an environment that supports the growth of practitioners focused on patient-centered care
Develop and maintain a curriculum that is evidence-based and focused on the delivery of high level quality care to include evaluation, assessment, reassessment, intervention, prevention and discharge
Provide an opportunity for residents to be active consumers and contributors of scientific literature
Foster the growth of clinicians that exhibit the highest standards of professionalism
Provide opportunities to be an integral role in the treatment of athletes from acute onset to discharge