Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program

Riverside Health System’s mission is “to care for others as we would for those we love.” Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency’s mission aligns with that broader mission as its’ focus on developing advanced practitioners in the area of sports will ensure our athletes and local sports organizations receive exceptional, evidence-based care.

Physical Therapy Sports Performance Facility

Sports Performance Facility Photo

Graduation Rate- 100%
SPS Exam Pass Rate- 100%
Application deadline- November 30th

Link to submit application, application form – not finalized yet

To prepare the physical therapist interested in Sports Physical Therapy to provide excellent care to athletes of all ages and levels. The graduate will be capable of applying ongoing current concepts in research to patient care.

  1. The program will serve to meet the needs of the athletic community by developing sports specialists who can treat athletes of all ages.
  2. The program will serve to develop sports specialists who provide evidence-based treatment strategies and incorporate current research into clinical decision-making.
  3. The program will deliver a curriculum for a post-professional learning experience that addresses all aspects of the Sports Physical Therapy Description of Residency Practice.
  4. The program will prepare the residency to pursue American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists certification as a Sports Clinical Specialist.
  5. The program will demonstrate sustainability to maintain ABPTRFE accreditation.
  6. The program will serve to develop a sports clinical specialist who is an active member in the community and educator of athletes and team members in up-to-date sports-specific research and techniques.

Riverside’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program is a fully accredited, year-long program, offering physical therapists the ability to gain a variety of arranged experiences in the sports and outpatient settings. Residents will have live didactic education provided by Sports Therapy staff within our facility. Our Residency also partners with local middle school and high school systems; as well as independent sports venues in the Tidewater area.

The program is designed to provide residents with intensive study of sports physical therapy, preparing them to sit for (and pass) the Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist Exam offered by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties.

A typical week includes approximately 25-30 hours of out-patient care at our sports/physical therapy clinic in Newport News and Williamsburg locations, 4-6 hours of live class and additional time working with our local school system contracts. As well as planned 1-on-1 mentoring provided by faculty. Opportunities with other community providers are also available including Lionsbridge FC Soccer.

We are looking for passionate, hard-working, responsible, and team oriented physical therapists, who fit the personality of our program. Additionally, a background in sports (athletic trainer, student-athlete, strength & conditioning coach, clinical experience) is preferred. The resident will be a part of an inter-professional, collaborative team with athletic trainers and physicians.

Click here to access the Didactic Curriculum General Format.


Stipends are awarded to residents at 75% of a full physical therapist salary, which is commensurate with their years of experience.


• Medical and Pharmacy Insurance available*
• Dental, Vision and other voluntary benefits available*
• Employer-Paid Life insurance provided the first of the month after 90 days
• Employer-Paid Disability Insurance provided the first of the month after 365 days
• Employee-Paid Short-term Disability is available

*If enrolled in Medical, Dental, Vision or other benefits your benefits will begin on the first of the month following 30 days of employment. You may want to consider an interim medical plan to bridge the gap between your employment start date and the date your Riverside medical insurance begins.


• PTO (Paid Time Off) is used for holidays and personal time off. Residents receive up to 120 hours (15 days) per year
• Sick Time is also offered for Resident’s own illness


• Retirement – Start contributing pre-tax and Roth after-tax options, immediately. Riverside matches a portion of your contributions, which is subject to a 3 year cliff vesting schedule. Our Retirement Education Specialist can help you learn more about saving, investing and creating a retirement full of possibilities.
• Team Member Discounts: 25 percent employee discount for using most Riverside health care services
• Wellness and Fitness Center Discounts
• Dollar$mart Program for various employee discounts with participating businesses
• Discounted rates for Child Care at Riverside Child Development and Learning Center
• Counseling, Financial and Legal resources and other EAP services focused on supporting you are available
• Free parking

The information presented regarding Compensation and Benefits is for illustrative purposes and is subject to change. It is not intended to guarantee employment, specific compensation or benefits. Riverside is an at-will employer.


For more information, please contact:
Marcus Rivera (Program Director) – [email protected]
Megan Thacker (Program Coordinator) – [email protected]
John LaRue (Administrative Contact) – [email protected]