Sports Physical Therapy Residency
The Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Residency is an APTA-credentialed residency program.
The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Physical Therapy Residency is a 13-month clinical residency that begins each year in July. This APTA-credentialed residency program allows residents to complete clinical work at state-of-the-art sports and orthopedic physical therapy facilities in the greater Columbus area.
Through Physical Therapy, Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a rehabilitation program specifically for athletes and children who have suffered bone and/or muscle injuries. The Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy team works closely with Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine and the department of Orthopedics to help rehabilitate and return children to their previous function level.Learn more about Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy
What You Need to Know
The resident will participate in weekly one-on one mentored patient care with our residency program staff and on field hours with our highly trained sports physical therapist and athletic training staff. Additionally, the resident will complete direct patient care in a clinic with a primarily athletic population.
The resident will also have many other educational opportunities, including shadowing Orthopedic and Sports Medicine physicians, and a variety of on-field experiences with different levels of sports participation. Weekly lectures will be provided by the residency program staff to help further the learning experience. The weekly lectures help ensure the resident is exposed to a full range of orthopedic and sports specific conditions, including those less common conditions that may not be encountered throughout the residency program.
The residency staff includes several Board Certified Sports Specialists, Board Certified Orthopedic Specialists, Vestibular Certified Specialists, Manual Therapists, and Dual- Credentialed Athletic Trainers/Physical Therapists.
Additional learning opportunities to be provided include speaking at continuing education courses, use of motion capture software for running and throwing analysis and the opportunity to work with Certified Hand Therapists, STOTT Pilates certified instructors, and Rock Tape practitioners. The resident will have access to educational materials through Nationwide Children’s Hospital Medical Library that partners with The Ohio State University library and can receive additional assistance from our Sports Physical Therapy Evidence Based Practice and Research Coordinator.
Recurring Educational Activities
- Weekly lecture
- Weekly mentoring
- Weekly on-field experience
- Monthly journal club
- Monthly Sports Senate meeting
- Bi-monthly Sports Therapy staff meeting
- Quarterly Clinical Therapies all staff meeting
- Quarterly tests, skills assessments, and assessment of a real time patient evaluation
Unique Educational Opportunities
- Presenting at the Bodies in Motion continuing education course
- Presenting to our physicians at the fellowship didactic
- Presenting to our developmental PT staff
- Observing an orthopedic surgery
- Shadowing our Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Physicians
- Leading an outcome group
- Multiple community outreach opportunities provided throughout the year
Application & Selection
Applications will be accepted from October through February, with interviews beginning in March.
Any questions in regards to the residency can be sent to the Residency Coordinator, Josh Kempton, at Joshua.Kempton@NationwideChildrens.org.
Nationwide Children’s also offers an Orthopedic Physical Therapy Residency.
Meet Our Faculty
David A. Wessells, PT, MPT
Program Manager, Sports and Orthopedic Therapies
Kathryn Iammarino, PT, DPT, SCS, MTC, CSCS