Promoting and enhancing fellowship training with the field of sports physical therapy

Mission Statement

The Specialization Special Interest Group exists to promote and enhance residency and fellowship training within sports physical therapy. The Specialization SIG will act as a facilitator for its members to optimize communication and share best-practices to enhance post-professional education and graduate outcomes.


The Specialization SIG will provide a forum for discussion to enhance communication with members to

Share post-professional best practices.
Discuss opportunities to develop and enhance residency and fellowship programs.
Provide feedback to the Sports Section EC and ABPTRFE to enhance sports residency curricula.
Promote the benefits of residency and fellowship program to individuals entering residency as well as facilities interested in starting a residency and fellowship program.
Serve as a bridge between clinicians and researchers to stimulate and/or facilitate research outcomes specific to residency and fellowship education.
Represent the interests of the membership of the Residency SIG within the Section.
Promote post-professional programming for the Combined Sections Meeting within and outside of the Sports Section.
Develop a relationship with residency and student SIGs in other sections to facilitate and share information.

Specialization SIG Goals

Re-evaluate the leadership position and associated responsibilities.
Grow its membership to over 100 members.
Revise and update Residency 101 presentation and continue programming at either CSM or TCC.
Establish a competitive slate of newly developing residency grant applicants.
Establish a liaison relationship between the Section and the ABPTRFE.
Consistently review website to ensure information is accurate.
Produce quarterly newsletter published on the Academy website.
Increase newly credentialed programs by three per year.


Craig Garrison, PhD, PT, ATC, SCS
First Term 2019-2022
Brian Duncan
First Term 2019-2022

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