Sport Physical Therapy Residency


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


Program Director 
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

Mentoring Model

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