Training physical therapists to treat athletes and their injuries


The best in facilities and mentoring

The exceptional facilities at Ohio State provide the right environment for learning. This includes our new Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute, the largest and most comprehensive sports medicine-dedicated facility in the country.

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A leader among Sports PT programs

Ohio State’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency program was the first accredited residency program in the state of Ohio by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. You’ll work closely with many superb faculty and staff with a depth of experience and abilities.

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Receive thorough preparation for board exams

Our program was designed to train residents and also prepare them to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examination in sports physical therapy. The effectiveness of our program is evidenced by our 100 percent first-time pass rate.

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Program Structure

The program is 17 months in length and begins each year in July or early August and ends the following mid-December. With this design, experienced residents will be able to mentor new residents during one overlapping term. The residency program is housed within Ohio State Sports Medicine and partners with the Division of Physical Therapy and Department of Athletics to offer a blended model of clinical, athletic training room, on-field, teaching and research experiences.

Other educational opportunities include weekly resident/fellow conferences, quarterly grand rounds, orthopedic and family physician shadowing, biomechanics research lab opportunities and rotations in the Athletics Department.


  • Enhance the resident’s ability to apply the best available evidence in physical therapy to the care of patients
  • Provide advanced knowledge in physical therapy foundational and clinical sciences
  • Educate and evaluate the advanced skills in examination and treatment during the care of patients
  • Assess and evaluate exceptional professional behaviors with clients, patients and families while functioning in an inter-professional setting
  • Provide the resident an opportunity to demonstrate high-level teaching abilities in the academic and clinical settings
  • Assess the achievement of exceptional clinical outcomes
  • Provide the resident with critical inquiry initiatives to allow appraisal, application and assessment of research design and dissemination

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinically, Sports PT residents practice in both our Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute and Lewis Center facilities on a rotating basis. During an average week, residents within the program provide about 24 hours of clinical care and spend at least three one-on-one hours with board-specialty certified mentors.

In addition, Sports Medicine residents will average between 300 and 400 hours of on-field event coverage with organizations such as collegiate club sports (e.g., rugby, hockey, football), Ohio State marching band, high schools and local professional teams. Finally, Sports Medicine PT residents teach and assist on a regular basis within the Division of Physical Therapy’s musculoskeletal and cadaveric labs.

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To learn more about the residency program, please contact Matt Briggs, the Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Director at 614-293-2385, or John DeWitt, Director of Physical Therapy Residencies at 614-293-2427

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