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Physical Therapy Sports Residency (Minnesota)


Mayo Clinic sports physical therapist with a baseball player

The Physical Therapy Sports Residency is a full-time 54-week program. You experience 1,500 hours of clinical practice, including 200 hours of individual mentored time from highly trained and board-certified physical therapists.

Didactic and laboratory education is integrated throughout the curriculum and modeled after the sports physical therapy description of specialty practice in the following modules:

  • Foundations Module
    • Clinical Reasoning
    • Communications & Quality Service
    • Practice Management & Professionalism
    • Medical Screening
    • Evidence Based Practice & Research
    • Biopsychosocial & Chronic Pain Mangement
  • Spine Module
    • Lumbar Spine
    • Pelvis, Sacroiliac, & Abdomen
    • Thoracic Spine & Ribs
    • Cervical Spine
    • Cranial & Temporomandibular Joint
  • Upper Quarter Module
    • Shoulder
    • Elbow
    • Wrist & Hand
  • Lower Quarter Module
    • Hip
    • Knee
    • Foot & Ankle
  • Additional Content Module
    • Basic Sciences
    • Pharmacology
    • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Sports Specific Content
    • Pre-Participation Evaluation & Medical Conditions
    • Protective Equipment in Sports
    • Environmental Considerations for the Athlete
    • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rehabilitation
    • Running
    • Return to Sport Testing
    • Throwing
    • Considerations for the Female Athlete
    • Sports Nutrition
    • Dermatology Considerations for the Athlete
    • Golfing
    • Concussion Management for the Athlete

Other curriculum content and directed learning activities include assisting with teaching lectures and laboratory coursework, clinical mentoring and teaching physical therapy students, and observing other medical specialty practices.

Requirements for residency completion include attending and presenting at journal clubs and educational Grand Rounds, as well as completing a final research project chosen from one of these options:

  • A resident's case problem
  • A critically appraised topic
  • A research project examining a clinical measurement or question in sports practice, such as:
    • Pursuing a study that addresses a clinical question that can be answered from current databases
    • Partnering with an aspect of an ongoing study
    • Pairing with a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) medical resident and mentor on an ongoing or novel project
Mayo Clinic sports physical therapist working with a patient in weight room

Grading or evaluation

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences uses these evaluative tools:

  • Written examination
  • Demonstration of skills
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Faculty reviews
  • Live patient exams

Mayo Clinic's system of evaluation provides students and faculty with a comprehensive look at individual performance. This allows faculty and administrative staff to direct students who are experiencing academic difficulty to the appropriate support resources, including tutoring programs and counseling opportunities.

Curriculum enhancements

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is committed to developing and maintaining the best education programs. The curriculum and other aspects of this program are routinely assessed and changed as necessary to ensure the highest quality training.

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center training room