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Sports Physical Therapy Residency

The Residency Program in Sports Physical Therapy is a cooperative effort between the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), University Hospitals and Clinics, the University of Mississippi (Oxford campus), Millsaps College, and the New Orleans Saints professional football organization. The residency program is 14 months in duration, beginning in late June and ending in late August of the following year.

The Residency in Sports Physical Therapy is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association, American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE). The program prepares the resident to take the Sports Clinical Specialty examination (SCS) offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS). Click here for more information concerning specialty examination.

 The residency program in Sports Physical Therapy demonstrates:

  • Graduation rate of 8 of the last 9 residents
  • 100% pass rate on the Sports Clinical Specialty examination (SCS)

The resident is a full-time employee of UMMC and receives a competitive salary and a full benefits package. There are no tuition costs required of the resident.

Resident experiences

  • Clinical experience:
    • Clinical practice in a large, fast-paced physical therapy outpatient orthopedic clinic;
    • Coverage of high school athletics, both in the training room and on the field;
    • Collaborative practice in Friday night football injury clinics with physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and all other members of the sports medicine team;
    • Experience in a Division 3 college training room (Millsaps College), performing both rehabilitation services and on-the-field and training room coverage;
    • Experience in a Division 1 college training room (University of Mississippi, Oxford campus), performing rehabilitation services, on-the-field coverage and including experiences with administrative responsibilities;
    • Experience in a professional football organization (New Orleans Saints) with clinical and on-the-field responsibilities.
  • Participating in: 
    • Numerous learning experiences, including Orthopedic Conference, Sports Medicine Conference, Journal Club and individualized didactic classroom experiences;
    • Collaborative educational experiences with other residents and fellows on the Medical Center campus, including orthopedic surgery residents, family medicine residents and family medicine sports medicine fellows;
    • Laboratory teaching assistance responsibilities in an accredited entry-level physical therapist educational program, focusing on the areas of gross anatomy, kinesiology and peripheral joint orthopedics;
    • Physician interaction in clinical, on-the-field and surgical situations;
    • Developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for high school team basketball and baseball 
  • Unique opportunities:
    • One month of clinical and on the field experience with the New Orleans Saints professional football organization
    • Experience providing physical therapy services for the Dixie National Rodeo
    • Experience providing physical therapy services for the International Ballet Competition (every 4 years)

Residency requirements

Admission requirements

licensed to practice physical therapy in the state of Mississippi prior to the beginning of the residency program.
Have at least one of the following credentials:
Complete the UMMC required employment screening process. 


Applications for the residency are accepted from Oct. 1 through Feb. 10, with interviews held in March. Experienced physical therapists and new graduates are encouraged to apply. The residency accepts applications through a centralized application service for residency/fellowship education (RF-PTCAS). Visit  RF-PTCAS site for specifics on required application materials and to begin the application process

Residency completion requirements:

Sports physical therapy residencies require the following specific experiences during the residency:

A minimum of 1,500 hours of clinical practice. This patient population must be at least 40% sports physical therapy patients. Included in these 1,500 hours must be at least:
  • 200 hours of athletic venue coverage
  • 150 hours of mentored practice
  • A minimum of 300 hours of didactic activities


If you are considering applying to the UMMC Residency Program in Sports Physical Therapy, please contact the program director for more information regarding the opportunities provided by the residency.

  • Ryan McGlawn,PT,DPT
    Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
    Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the Spine
    Certified in Dry Needling
    Director, Residency Program in Sports Physical Therapy
    Associate Professor
    School of Health Related Professions
    Department of Physical Therapy
    University of Mississippi Medical Center
    2500 N. State
    Jackson, MS 39216
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