Sports Physical Therapy

  • Curriculum

    Resident Objectives:

    1. To develop skills related to on-the-field experience of emergency care.
    2. Observe physicians during office hours as well as surgical procedures.
    3. Further develop critical though process and differential diagnostic skills.
    4. To complete one professional presentation.
    5. Complete one scholarly activity (i.e. case study, chapter, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, etc.)
  • Curriculum Components

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    + Orientation

    The residency begins July 1st. The first 2 weeks of the residency are designed as an orientation period to both Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center. This orientation includes administration responsibilities, equipment, operations and resident responsibilities.

    + Clinical Experiences

    Clinical responsibilities will begin in the month of July. Throughout the year, the resident will participate in shared clinical time per week. A minimum of 150 hours are spent during the year in one on one, mentored clinical time. During this time, the resident and his / her mentor will share clinical time to allow for clinical mentorship during patient care. The resident will also participate in independent clinic time during which they will have the opportunity to independently manage a caseload of sports physical therapy patients.

    + Didactic Experiences

    Didactic education will occur throughout the year in several forms. Four modules of didactic and lab education are set up through the course of the year, each lasting 3 months. The 4 module includes topics in Spine, Knee, Shoulder and Upper Extremity and Foot/Ankle and Overuse Injuries. During that 3 month time, lectures will be delivered by physical therapist and physicians on topics of anatomy and pathoanatomy, differential diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, radiology findings, and case reports. In addition clinical lab sessions will be incorporated on evaluation and treatment of various conditions. These sessions will occur 2 times per month. In addition, the resident will participate in a bi-weekly journal club. The resident will also have access to several other educational opportunities, including the University of Cincinnati’s Sports Medicine Grand Rounds (weekly), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Grand Rounds (bi-weekly), Sports Medicine Journal clubs (monthly), OrthoSurg/Radiology Sports Medicine Conference (Quarterly) and Ortho/Sports physical therapy problem conferences (bi-monthly).

    Football season begins in August. Orientation to the Thomas More College athletic facility and athletic training program will occur in the first week of August.

    + Additional Didactic Experiences

    Football coverage in the fall consists of attending Thomas More College’s football practices 1 time per week, home and away games as required, as well as attending some Thomas More College soccer and volleyball games.  In the winter, the resident will have an opportunity to observe and assist athletic training coverage at men’s and women’s basketball, wrestling and ice hockey. In the spring, the resident will have an opportunity to observe and assist with coverage at baseball and softball games, as well as plan and participate in the medical coverage for the Cincinnati “Flying Pig” Marathon. There will be a certified athletic trainer and / or a sports medicine physician overseeing each of these experiences. 

    In the winter quarter, the resident will spend time with Dr. Nick Edwards, MD, Dr. Kelsey Logan, MD and/or Dr. Kate Berz, DO, who are primary care Sports Medicine physicians at the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center. In the spring quarter, the resident will spend time with Dr. Eric Wall MD, and/or Dr. Shital Parikh, MD, who are pediatric orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in the management of sports related injuries in children. The resident may have opportunities to observe with other physicians during their residency year.

    Experiences through the year include:

    1. Attendance at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting
    2. Participation at our annual Management of the Female Athlete Symposium and our annual Management of the High School and Collegiate Athlete Symposium in November and June, respectively. 
    3. Participation in medical coverage at the Cincinnati “Flying Pig” Marathon in May
    4. Completion in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s on line Clinical Research Design  Educational Series
    5. Participation in Pre-Participation Physicals at Thomas More College and area high schools

    + Mentoring Experiences

    The resident has devoted mentoring time with the Residency Director each week. The resident will have a minimum of 16 hours of shared clinic time where the resident and clinical director are in the clinic together with a shared or separate case load. During this time the residency director is able to observe and/or share in the clinical decision making of the resident. Additional hours are set aside for clinical mentoring where the residency director will meet with the resident to discuss clinical performance as well as address questions or difficult patients with the resident.

    A broad scope of additional clinical observations and mentoring opportunities are provided to the resident. These experiences included observation in sports medicine department clinics, orthopedic surgery observation, SMBC research activities, specialty clinic observation such as Runner’s clinic, and sports specialist training (on-field training). The resident is also encouraged to volunteer alongside an orthopedic/sports PT team member as they perform injury screenings in a community running clinic and to a local dance group. Please refer to the weekly Curriculum Components to examine the experiences that are required for the curriculum and others that are optional / supplemental.