Sports Medicine Residency Program

Clinical rotations, community sideline coverage
and adjunct didactic educational experiences

Our Sports Medicine Program offers specialized care for young athletes, but it also offers valuable experience to healthcare professionals. Our Sports Residency Program is a 12-13 month program, depending on whether the resident is an internal or external candidate.


    Credentialed by the American Physical Therapy AssociationThe Children’s Sports Medicine Residency Program is credentialed by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in sports medicine.



The curriculum is built around the Description of Specialty Practice for Sports Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The program consists of clinical rotations throughout our Sports Medicine department, community sideline coverage and adjunct didactic educational experiences in other departments in Children’s.

Program Goals

  • Meet the needs of the community by developing advanced practitioners of sports physical therapy.
  • Contribute to the body of knowledge in sports physical therapy by participating in research.
  • Become competent instructors and mentors in the field of sports physical therapy.

Program Benefits

  • Residents are hired as Level 1 physical therapists at Children’s and receive the appropriate privileges and benefits.
  • Continuing education is offered to residents in preparation for the sports certified specialist (SCS) examination.
  • Job placement opportunities at Children’s may be available after the residency for those who qualify.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Hold or be eligible for Georgia physical therapist licensure. If eligible, you must obtain licensure before beginning the residency program.
  2. Hold one of the following prior to the start of the residency program:
    1. Current athletic trainer certification and licensure (ATC)
    2. Current license as an emergency medical technician (EMT)
    3. Current emergency medical responder certification through the Red Cross


The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Sports Residency has now passed. The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Sports Residency will be March 16, 2016. Interested individuals can apply to our program through the APTA Residency and Fellowship Centralized Application System.

Contact Julie Johnson, Sports Residency Program Director, with questions about the program or the application process.