LMH Health has been granted candidacy for a Sports Physical Therapy Residency by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education as an APTA-credentialed sports physical therapy residency.

This candidacy makes LMH’s program one of only 58 such programs in the United States, LMH report in a news release. 

“You’ll usually find sports PT residencies at universities and major orthopedic centers, such as the Cleveland Clinic, Duke and Ohio State. There’s currently nothing like this in the Midwest. While OrthoKansas is a regional destination for orthopedic care, this opportunity is a step toward putting LMH Health and what we’re doing here in Lawrence on a national map.”

— Daniel Lorenz, LMH Health Director of Sports Medicine

Similar to a physician who completes fellowship training after earning their medical degree, physical therapists in these residency programs are already licensed and trained. Lorenz adds that the residency hones the therapist’s skill set to treat an athletic population and athletic-minded patients.

“Think of therapy as the alphabet. Everyone needs letters A through L, but athletes require a different level of care so they also need M through Z. The idea is that the resident will have targeted education and patient care to help them become a master clinician in the treatment of the athletic population,” he says.

Residency Opportunities

The residency spans 1 year, taking place from November 2021 through December 2022. An applicant must be a licensed physical therapist and have either a current licensure as an athletic trainer or completion of an emergency responder course. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide 25 hours per week of clinical coverage in our outpatient sports and orthopedic rehabilitation facility at the LMH Health West Campus
  • Spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in mentored instruction time with residency faculty
  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of sports medicine clinical practice
  • Complete a minimum of 200 hours of sports physical therapy coverage at athletic venues
  • Complete a minimum of 150 mentored hours, one-on-one, with a board certified sports specialist
  • Participate in a minimum of 100 hours of clinical instructor interaction in non-patient care educational experiences, such as office visits with orthopedic surgeons, time with musculoskeletal radiologists and surgery observation

“The opportunity to educate clinicians here and expose them to the clinical and athletic components of sports medicine through this advanced training is key to advancing the sports physical therapy subspecialty. LMH Health and OrthoKansas have the clinicians, technology and facilities to provide healthcare that’s not only exceptional for a community hospital—it’s among the best anywhere. Patients benefit from our home at the LMH Health West Campus, with access to convenient, collaborative and innovative care all under one roof.”

— Dr. Luis Salazar, a sports medicine physician at OrthoKansas

“With the facilities at LMH Health, local high schools, our collaboration with Kansas Team Health and our concussion program and research, we have the opportunity to train a well-rounded sports medicine-minded clinician. This elevated level of education and training is another step in our journey to build a world-class sports medicine program in Lawrence.”

— Daniel Lorenz

[Source: LMH Health]