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Sports Physical Therapy Residency

The Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is designed to advance the knowledge and skills of Physical Therapists in five main areas:

  • Critical Inquiry/Evidence Based Practice
  • Educational/Consultation
  • Advanced Clinical Skills
  • Foundational and Clinical Sciences
  • Health Promotion, Fitness and Wellness

The program is also designed to prepare residents for successful completion of American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties examinations in Sports Physical Therapy. The program is 16 months in length beginning each year in August. With this unique design, experienced residents will mentor new residents in clinical and academic settings during one overlapping quarter. While slightly longer in length than many residency programs, the program allows residents to take full advantage of the clinical, academic, and research experiences offered at The Ohio State University.

A typical week in the Physical Therapy Residency Program includes: time in mentored clinical practice, non-mentored practice treating a sports patient population, orthopaedic and cadaveric lab instruction in the entry-level PT program, and graduate course work.

Other educational opportunities include weekly resident/fellow conferences with Sports Medicine physicians, quarterly Grand Rounds, orthopaedic and family physician office shadowing, and a biomechanics research lab experience. Additionally, the Sports Residency program includes 1 quarter working in the OSU Department of Athletics with Division I athletes for residents with an ATC background. Non-ATC credentialed residents will gain on-the-field experience with OSU Rugby and other club sport programs, community outreach functions, and USA National Governing Body of Sports Medicine events.

The program offers paid staff physical therapist positions at Ohio State Sports Medicine in which salary is commensurate with experience and revenue-generating clinical time. Benefits of this position include health insurance, liability insurance and tuition assistance for graduate courses associated with the program.


  • Those eligible for physical therapy licensure in the state of Ohio
  • APTA membership required throughout residency
  • Application deadlines and materials
  • One of the following: a current ATC designation, a current license as an EMT, or certification as an Emergency Responder

Applications should be completed through APTA’s centralized application system RF-PTCAS. Top candidates will be interviewed on Ohio State's campus during March and April

A non-refundable $25 application fee (payable by check to Ohio State Sports Medicine) must be mailed to:

Matt Briggs PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
Coordinator, Sports Physical Therapy Residency
OSU Sports Medicine
2050 Kenny Rd, Suite 3100
Columbus, OH 43221

To learn more about the residency program, please contact the Residency Coordinator above or one of the following members of the residency program.

John DeWitt PT, AT, SCS
Director, Physical Therapy Residencies
Assistant Clinical Professor


Matt Longfellow, PT, DPT
Sports PT Resident
Ohio State Campus


Matt Lopez, PT, DPT

Sports PT Resident
Ohio State Campus