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D1 Sports Fellowship

The Northwestern University DI Sports PT Fellowship is a training ground and model for the specialized practice of sports physical therapy at the division I collegiate athletics level in the 21st century. Our goal is to foster an ability-driven, outcomes-based professional culture committed to the integration of science-based clinical reasoning and clinical care, and to lifelong learning and research. The fellowship will consist of didactic and clinical educational curriculum that will prepare the fellow to practice with a sub-specialty in Sports Physical Therapy at the Division I level of collegiate athletics. The program is 12 months in duration.

Northwestern University Athletics has 19 varsity sports as a part of the Big Ten and Football Bowl Subdivision. The fellow will work directly with Division I athletes at Northwestern Athletics as part of the Northwestern Sports Medicine team.

In a typical week, the fellow will spend time in the following:

  • Patient care
  • 1:1 clinical mentoring with board-certified clinical specialists
  • Venue/practice coverage and rehabilitation with DI athletes at Northwestern
  • Research experience in the NUPTHMS Athletic Movement Performance Lab
  • Planned educational curriculum based upon the Practice Analysis for DI sports
  • Observation with sports medicine physicians
  • Practicum in PT Education within the NUPTHMS musculoskeletal curriculum

Admissions Criteria

  • Physical therapy degree from a CAPTE accredited physical therapy educational program
  • Unofficial DPT transcript
  • Licensed or eligible for licensure in the state of Illinois
  • Active member of the APTA
  • Possess either an ABPTS specialist certification in Sports or related area of specialty and/or completion of an ABPTRFE accredited residency in sports (*prior to the start of the fellowship)
  • Display professional behaviors and a strong interest in sports physical therapy at the DI level
  • Possess one of the following:
    • Current certified athletic trainer (ATC) designation
    • Current license as an EMT
    • Certification as an Emergency Medical Responder via an American Red Cross course (*prior to the start of the fellowship)

Application Process

Application due by January 3, 2022 with an anticipated start date of July 2022. Please include:
  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation

For more information, or to submit application materials, please contact Craig Garrison at


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