A training program for physical therapists looking to specialize in treating baseball and softball players


A unique fellowship that focuses on one area

Our specialized Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship allows you to hone in on the performance characteristics of baseball, softball and other throwing athletes as well as learn how to treat the typical injuries these athletes get.

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Work with a storied pro baseball team

The partnership we have with the Cleveland Indians and their AAA affiliate team, the Columbus Clippers, provides fellows with a rare academic experience. From working at pro spring training camp to serving the Clippers throughout their season, our fellows are there every step of the way — and guided by experienced faculty and staff.

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Our deep curriculum provides many opportunities

The fellowship is accredited through the American Board of Physical Therapy and Fellowship Education that supports our strong curriculum. In addition to your clinical practice and event coverage, you will attend conferences, learn through Journal Club, study advanced topics and attend grand rounds.

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The 12-month Upper Extremity Fellowship begins every September. Fellows are full-time employees of The Ohio State University Medical Center and work in collaboration with Ohio State Sports Medicine, the Cleveland Indians and their Triple A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. The fellowship includes clinical care at Ohio State Sports Medicine and mentoring Sports PT residents at Ohio State. The program provides fellows the opportunity to work with the Indians’ professional baseball organization throughout an entire season with the Clippers.


The Ohio State University Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship is designed for fellows to:

  • Efficiently manage the sports injuries of professional baseball players and active individuals from acute injury to return to play
  • Demonstrate exceptional understanding and implementation of evidence-based medicine
  • Understand special considerations, physiological changes and medical conditions specific to high-level/elite baseball players
  • Demonstrate exceptional teaching abilities in the academic, clinic and community settings
  • Develop and demonstrate exceptional professional development and leadership within sports physical therapy

Duties and Responsibilities

The Upper Extremity Athlete Fellow will practice at Ohio State's Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and at the athletic training room for the Cleveland Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers. Fellows within this program will provide rehabilitation and on-the-field management with board-certified mentors and athletic trainers. Teaching opportunities exist within Ohio State’s Division of Physical Therapy and in collaboration with orthopedic surgeons specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries.

Mitch Salsbery, a physical therapist at Ohio State Sports Medicine, explains the Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship, what makes it unique and how it benefits athletes and the Columbus community.

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