Sports Residency

Goals and Outcomes

Applications are completed through RF-PTCAS and will become available for the upcoming year each fall.

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.

ABPTRFE has granted the University of the Incarnate Word-Sports Residency candidacy status. Candidacy status signifies satisfactory progress toward accreditation. 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.

UIW has many world class athletic facilities

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 work with a vast array of traditional and Olympic sports within the UIW community.

2021-2022 Admissions Cycle: October 15, 2021- February 1, 2022

Application Requirements:

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. Provide an intent letter.
  4. Include a curriculum vitae or resumé.
  5. 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
  6. Have a current basic life support for healthcare providers certification.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a clinical instructor in an ortho/sports setting.
  8. Submit transcript from PT program.

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


Associate Professor


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Jennifer Penn, PT, DPT, NCS

Assistant Professor


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Nathan Brown, PT, DPT, GCS

Associate Professor


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Sal Cervantes, BS, MS, ATC

Assistant Director of Sports Medicine


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DonLouise Martens, BS, MS, ATC, LAT

Senior Athletic Trainer (Women's Soccer, Tennis)


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Jerry Salazar, BS, MS, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer (Men's Basketball, Cheer and Dance)


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Augie Melendez, BS, MS, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer (Football)


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Erika Soto, BS, MS, ATC, LAT

Athletic Trainer (Men's Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field)


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The following schedule and didactic curriculum are representative of the activities incorporated into the sports residency program. Most of the didactic curriculum will be delivered through Medbridge in addition to using CANVAS educational platform.

Residency Weekly Schedule Draft

Sports Residency Didactic Curriculum

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