Program Mission

The mission of the VCU Sports Residency Program is to prepare physical therapy residents for advanced specialty practice.

The program is designed to provide advanced level training in the treatment of individuals with sports injuries and promote the APTA core values. This program will aim to produce advanced physical therapy practitioners who are able to provide care to individuals with complex sports-related disorders, teach, serve as a resource to the community and other health professionals, and contribute to evidence-based practice. This will be accomplished via sports clinical experiences at VCU Sports Medicine under the mentorship of sports clinical specialists.  It will also include didactic learning experiences in sports physical therapy with Virginia Commonwealth University teaching and research faculty and VCU Athletics staff, which will include athletic training and strength and conditioning staff members.

Program Description

The residency is comprised of the close relationship between VCU Sports Medicine physical therapy staff and physicians, as well as the athletic training and strength and conditioning staffs with VCU Athletics.   These relationships will provide the resident with a wide variety of opportunities promoting enhanced clinical reasoning and exposing the resident to differing perspectives on care. The experiences are designed to achieve the vision of the program while preparing the resident for successful completion of the specialty exam. 

The 13-month residency includes

  • Contributing to a clinical project that can be disseminated nationally (scholarship/research)
  • Contributing to an initiative aimed to improve the health of the community (service learning)
  • Learning through interprofessional collaboration and networking (interprofessional education)
  • Promoting evidence based care (evidence-based practice)
  • Teaching in the entry level program or for professional development events (teaching)


Although residents are expected to contribute to and learn from each component of the program, residents are encouraged to design an experience that both provides a foundation for their continued professional development and challenges their professional growth.  The clinical mentors and residency faculty help guide the design of the resident’s individualized experience.