Sports Residency Curriculum

Example Weekly Calendar:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Observe Knee Orthopedist:
7:30-12PMTreat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PM

Observe Knee Orthopedist in Surgery: 7:30-12PM

Training Room/Football & Treatments:

Treat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PMSports Injury Screening Clinic:

Observe Physiatrist:

Meeting with Residency Director/Chart Reviews:

Training Room/Football & Treatments: 2-6:30PM

Administration Time:
9-12:30PMTreat Sports & Orthopedic Patients:
Student Mentoring & Treatments: 4-7PMHigh School Football Game Coverage with Physician:
The residency includes mentored clinical practice in the following areas of physical therapy; evaluation and treatment of the spine and extremities with emphasis on the knee and shoulder, on the field management of athletic injuries, and rehabilitation of athletes off the field. Residents will be exposed to various practice models through a combination of internal and external clinical experiences. There are structured learning opportunities with physicians in office visits and surgical observations in the following areas: shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, wrist and hand, and primary care sports medicine. The resident may also have responsibility for supervision of DPT students (2:1 CI model) in the UD PT Clinic and participate in journal club, case rounds, specialty clinic, Club Sports & Performing Arts Screening Clinic, and a resident’s case study publication. Teaching opportunities in the DPT program include assisting with Musculoskeletal Evaluation and Treatment, as well as presenting a case during Grand Rounds. Other opportunities exist, e.g. participation in scholarly activities, presentations, publications, etc.

University of Delaware Sports Residency Program
Description of Units

The residency is organized around units related to body parts and other sports content areas. The learning objectives are related to knowledge areas, practice dimensions and procedures. The learning objectives are universal to the entire 13.5 month program while the content area “units” provide the framework to break down the vast areas of expertise into individual focus areas. Units include mentored evaluation and treatment in the physical therapy clinic, didactic curriculum, and physician office and surgical shadowing.

Didactic curriculum modules include:                                                                                                                             

  • Shoulder
  • Knee
  • Spine
  • Elbow
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Wrist and Hand
  • Concussion
  • Research
  • Running
  • Imaging
  • Sports Performance
  • On the Field and Medical Management of Athletes

Annual Activity- Not “Unit” Related

1. Progression of Diagnostic/Prognostic Training

    • General Sports & Orthopedic Physical Therapy at UD PT Clinic with Certified Specialist PTs in Orthopedics and Sports
    • Sporting event and athletic training room coverage
    • Orthopedic Class TA
    • Clinical Instructor for DPT students

2. Application of Scholarly Activity

    • Peer Reviewed Publications
    • National Presentations
    • Physical Therapy Practice Guideline Development
    • Sports Journal Clubs and Orthopedic Case Rounds