Goals and Outcomes

The School of Physical Therapy (SoPT) at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), in its commitment to further develop the next generation of physical therapists, is excited to announce the development of its first residency program in sports physical therapy. The sports residency program strives to develop sport physical therapists who will:

  1. Be recognized as experts and providers of choice in rehabilitating the injured athlete, injury prevention and human performance optimization across diverse athletic settings and client populations.
  2. Make relevant and impactful contributions to the body of knowledge, driving evidence-informed practice in sports physical therapy.
  3. Consistently provide exemplary care across diverse athletic settings and client populations.
  4. Become an effective leader, teacher and mentor.
  5. Collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals.

The University of the Incarnate Word Sports Residency is currently in Developing status. The program comes before the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) for a Candidacy decision in January of 2021. Achieving candidacy status is not an indication that ABPTRFE will grant initial accreditation. Participants who graduate from a program in candidacy status are not deemed to have completed an accredited program.

The University of the Incarnate Word provides state-of-the art facilities to offer a contemporary sports physical therapy resident practice opportunities. With a total of 23 NCAA Division I sports teams and 10 club sports, the residents works with a vast array of traditional and Olympic sports within the UIW community.

To apply to the UIW sports residency program, the prospective resident must:

  1. Have graduated from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy program.
  2. Possess or be eligible for a physical therapy license in the state of Texas.
  3. Comply with all immunizations.
    1. Meningitis (if under 22 years of age)
    2. Hepatitis B series
    3. Tdap and MMR
    4. TB baseline skin test
    5. Varicella zoster
    6. Negative drug screen
  4. Have a current basic life support for healthcare providers certification
  5. Although not mandatory, it is highly encourage to have completed the Acute Management of Injury and Illness certification.

Our sports residency faculty provide extensive breadth and depth to our residency program in all aspects of sports physical therapy.

Graduate outcomes will become available after the graduation of the first cohort of residents.