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Sports Physical Therapy Residency

The sports physical therapy residency program is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the School of Health Related Professions, University Hospitals and Clinics and the University of Mississippi (Oxford campus). This program is 12 months in duration, beginning in late June and ending in late June the following year. 

It is accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education, the accrediting body for the American Physical Therapy Association. The program prepares the resident to take the Sports Specialty Examination offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

The resident is a full-time employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary and a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident. The sports resident's experiences will include:

  • Clinical practice in a large, fast-paced physical therapy outpatient orthopedic clinic;
  • Experience in a college training room, performing both rehabilitation services and on-the-field and training room coverage;
  • Coverage of high school athletics, both in the training room and on the field;
  • One month of clinical experience in a college (Division 1) training room, including rehabilitation services, on-the-field coverage and experience with administrative responsibilities;
  • Collaborative practice in injury clinics with physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and all other members of the sports medicine team;
  • Opportunities for numerous learning experiences, including Orthopedic Conference, Sports Medicine Conference, Journal Club and didactic classroom experiences;
  • Collaborative educational experiences with other residents and fellows on the Medical Center campus, including orthopedic surgery residents, family medicine residents and family medicine sports medicine fellows;
  • Laboratory teaching assistance responsibilities in a physical therapist educational program focusing on the areas of gross anatomy, kinesiology and peripheral joint orthopedics;
  • Physician interaction in clinical, on-the-field and surgical situations.

Admission requirements

The accepted applicant must be licensed in Mississippi prior to beginning the residency. The applicant must also have at least one of the following credentials:
  • Obtain license to practice physical therapy in the State of Mississippi
  • Have at least one of the following credentials
    • ATC
    • EMT
    • American Red Cross Emergency Responder Certification
  • Complete the UMMC required employment screening process. 


The residency accepts applications through a centralized application service for residency/fellowship education (RF-PTCAS). See RF-PTCAS site for specifics on required application materials. Applications for the residency are open Oct. 1 and close Feb. 20. Interviews will be the week of March 20, with the residency beginning June 26.

Minimum accreditation requirements

Sports physical therapy residencies require the following specific experiences during the residency:

  • A minimum of 1,500 hours of clinical practice. This patient population must be at least 40% sports physical therapy patients. Included in these 1,500 hours must be at least:
    • 200 hours of athletic venue coverage
    • 150 hours of mentored practice
    • A minimum of 75 hours of didactic activities
UMMC's sports physical therapy residents average:
  • 2,500 total hours of residency-related activities, including:
    • 540 hours of athletic venue coverage
    • 200 hours of mentored practice
    • 380 hours of didactic activities
    • Sports caseload of 60%
  • Click here for a sample week's schedule 

Completion requirements

The sports therapy residents are required to satisfactorily complete the following evaluations during their residency period:

  • 4 technique examinations;
  • 4 patient examinations - one each for knee, ankle, upper extremity and spine;
  • 2 patient examinations on the field - one in a contact sport and one in a non-contact sport;
  • 1 patient examination for a pre-participation screening;
  • 1 patient examination for a wellness evaluation;
  • 4 patient examinations for functional testing for return to sport - one each for knee, ankle, upper extremity and spine;
  • 4 quarterly examinations and 1 final written examination.

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If you are considering applying to the UMMC Sports Residency Program, please contact the program director for more information regarding the opportunities provided by the residency.

  • Ryan McGlawn, PT, DPT, OCS, CertMDT
    Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Director
    School of Health Related Professions
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State St.
    Jackson, MS 39216

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