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Sports Medicine PT Fellowship

Duke University Health Systems Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Sports Physical Therapist Fellowship is the first credentialed APTA post-professional sports fellowship program in the nation for physical therapists and began its inaugural year in 1999. This is a 12 month program which begins August 1st of each year.

The mission of the fellowship is to provide an in depth experience in the sports medicine management of athletes. This is highlighted by the daily management of the defined subspecialty, Intercollegiate Division I Athletics.

Dynamic sports medicine experiences range from “on the field management,” clinic rehabilitation and educational opportunities with the sports medicine team with access to state of the art facilities.  The Duke Sports Science Institute provides additional opportunities to train in one of the nation’s premier sport rehab centers.

Duke Division I Athletics
26 intercollegiate varsity sports


The mission of the Duke Division I Sports Fellowship is 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 for the Fellow

  • Appropriately and efficiently manages the sports injuries of active individuals from acute injury through return to play.
  • Capably and willing teaches other physical therapists, as well as physicians, trainers, coaches, athletes and parents the fundamentals of injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of the Division I athlete.
  • Understands the special considerations in physiological changes, medical conditions and psychosocial situations that occur the Division I athletes.
  • Will be a leader in managing change and improving health care systems for active individuals and Division I athletes.
  • Critically evaluates, applies, and produces quality research in Sports Physical Therapy


  • 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 for Duke intercollegiate athletics
  • Direct 1:1 clinical mentoring in sports medicine services
  • Research opportunities and conference presentations
  • Weekly interdisciplinary sports medicine conference
  • Monthly radiology conference
  • Monthly Primary Care conference
  • Monthly inter-residency/fellowship teleconference
  • Weekly journal clubs
  • Weekly didactic programming
  • Team physician clinic observation
  • Sports physician surgical observation
  • Arthroscopy cadaver lab

Admission criteria:

  • Licensed physical therapist
  • Possess one of the following: a current ATC designation, a current license as an EMT, and/or a current certification as an Emergency Medical Responder
  • Possess either a board certification and/or completion of a residency
  • Curriculum vitae
  • CPR
  • Essay describing reasons for applying to the Fellowship Program
  • Provide official copies of college transcripts
  • 3 letters of recommendations

Selected candidates will be invited for a campus interview with the Fellowship Faculty before final selection is made.

Clinical Faculty

Program Co-Directors

Bob Bruzga, PT, OCS, LAT, ATC, COMT


Ann Marie Husk, PT, SCS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Program Coordinator

Kerry Mullenix, PT, SCS, LAT, ATC

The sports physical therapist fellow will interact with: board certified orthopedic and sports physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, dual-credentialed PT/ATC’s, and sports medicine specialists from orthopedic surgery, radiology, primary care, exercise physiology and nutrition.

Sports Medicine Fellowship Brochure


2022 2023 PT Sports Fellowship Application

Mail together completed application, essays, transcripts, recommendations and twenty-five dollar application fee made out to the Duke Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy in one envelope to the following address:

Mike Schmidt, PT, DPT, GCS, OCS, FAAOMPT
Sports Division I Athletics Fellowship Program
Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy
Duke University Medical Center
DUMC 3965, Durham NC 27710
919 668-1389



For August 1, 2022-July 31, 2023 Fellowship

For additional information:  APTA Ortho/Sports/Education Clinical Residency & Fellowship Credentialing

2020 Sports Fellowship Program Outcomes


Year Admitted Graduated
1999-2000 1 1
2000-2001 1 1
2001-2002 1 1
2002-2003 1 1
2003-2004 1 1
2004-2005 1 1
2005-2006 1 1
2006-2007 1 1
2007-2008 1 1
2008-2009 1 1
2009-2010 1 1
2010-2011 1 1
2011-2012 1 1
2012-2013 1 1
2013-2014 1 1
2014-2015 2 2
2015-2016 1 1
2016-2017 1 1
2017-2018 1 1
2018-2019 1 1
2019-2020 1 1