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Sports Physical Therapy Residency

Mission: To develop and graduate practitioners, who by virtue of their critical thinking ability, clinical skills, diagnostic competence, and ethical standards are committed to promoting the optimum health and function of their clients, and who will serve the larger society and profession through teaching, administration and research.

Goals of Sports PT Resident

  • Appropriately and efficiently manages the sports injuries of active individual from acute injury through return to play.
  • Capably and willingly teaches other physical therapist, as well as physicians, trainers, coaches, athletes, and parents the fundamentals of injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of the athlete.
  • Understands the special considerations in physiological changes, medical conditions and psychosocial situations that occur with athletes.
  • Will be a leader in managing change and improving health care systems for active individuals and athletes.
  • Critically evaluates, applies, and produces quality research in sports physical therapy.
  • Successfully pass the ABPTS Sports Specialist Certification Examination

Commitment: One year program from August 1 through July 31st.


  • Provide clinical service coverage for 30 hours per week in our Sports Division.
  • Spend a minimum of 20 hours per week in mentored and didactic time with residency faculty.
  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of sports medicine clinical practice.
  • Complete at minimum of 200 hours of sports physical therapy coverage at athletic venues.
  • Complete a minimum of 150 mentored hours, one-on-one with a sports board certified specialist.
  • Participate in a minimum of 300 hours of clinical instructor interaction in non-patient care planned educational experiences.

Overview of Curriculum

  • Practice/game coverage and rehabilitation to local high school, club and community athletes.
  • Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring in the Sports Medicine Division.
  • Research opportunities and conference presentations.
  • Weekly interdisciplinary sports conference.
  • Monthly radiology conference.
  • Monthly Primary Care conference.
  • Monthly inter-residency/fellowship teleconference.
  • Weekly journal clubs.
  • Weekly didactic programming.
  • Sports physician clinic observation.
  • Sports physician surgical observation.
  • Surgical cadaver lab

Admission Requirements: The applicant must be a licensed physical therapist, and possess one of the following: a current ATC designation, a current license as an EMT, or certification as an Emergency Responder.

Mike Schmidt, PT, DPT, MHA
Director of Duke’s Residency and Fellowship Programming
Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
(919) 668-1323

We will be transitioning to RFPTCAS for applications shortly.

A link will be made available to apply to our program at that time.


For August 1, 2023-July 31, 2024 Residency

Year Admitted Graduated Board Certified following year
2011-12 1 1 Yes
2012-13 2 2 Yes
2013-14 1 1 Yes
2014-15 0 0 N/A
2015-16 1 1 Yes
2016-17 1 1 Yes
2017-18 1 1 Yes
2018-19 1 1 Yes
2019-20 1 1 In process