New Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program Raises Bar for Local Specialized Care

New Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program Raises Bar for Local Specialized Care
Accredited Program is One of Only Three Sports Residencies in Virginia,
Showcasing Expertise and Vision of Riverside Sports Medicine


NEWPORT NEWS/WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Riverside Health System's Sports Medicine team is pleased to announce the launch of the Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program, a new professionally accredited program designed to meet a growing demand for licensed physical therapists seeking to advance their knowledge and skills in this specific area of clinical practice.

The Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program is one of the first three residencies of its kind in the state of Virginia, underscoring the deep expertise and vision of the Riverside Sports Medicine team.

Fully accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE), Riverside's new program provides a unique opportunity for physical therapists to further specialize in their chosen field while working with the area's most accomplished medical professionals and brightest young athletes.

"We're delighted to officially launch Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program, successfully meeting the accreditation requirements after several years of hard work and careful planning," said Will Parker, PT, DPT, SCS, Riverside's first Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) who helped create and build the residency program. "This program is just the latest testament to the dedication of our team who is building a great place for physical therapists to work and grow professionally - while also serving athletes who are incredibly committed to their personal health and performance."

Riverside began its work toward launching the Sports Residency Program two years ago and built on an existing relationship as the official Sports Medicine provider for the athletic department at nearby Christopher Newport University (CNU). Riverside sports medicine physicians and surgeons work with CNU athletes regularly and are joined by Riverside team members and residents who provide physical therapy hours in the training room and on-the-field support during events.

"Athletes are highly motivated, so working with them is demanding yet exceptionally rewarding - a true labor of love," said J.R. Barley, M.D., a fellowship trained sports medicine primary care physician and the CNU team physician. "Riverside's Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program is an incredible opportunity for our physical therapists to grow professionally, collaborating and learning with the very best in the sports medicine field, and focusing on a discipline of high demand." Dr. Barley is a member of the Riverside Orthopedic Specialists group in Williamsburg (120 Kings Way, Suite 2700), treating a full range of orthopedic conditions.

Physical therapists must meet certain requirements before entering the Sports Residency Program, Parker added. For example, the resident must possess an ATC (athletic trainer certification) or EMT (emergency medical technician), or they must have taken an Emergency Medical Response (EMR) Course. These designations demonstrate a proficiency needed for the on-field management of injuries.

Once accepted, the resident begins the intensive 12-month program, which includes 1,500 hours of required study and mentoring. In addition to research, screenings and surgical observations, residents also shadow physicians in the office, accompany them on their rounds, and also spend significant time in athletic training rooms each week.

After completing the program, residents qualify to take the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties sports certification examination and earn the coveted Sports Certified Specialist (SCS) designation.

For more information on the Riverside Physical Therapy Sports Residency Program, and Williamsburg office locations, please visit Riversideonline.com/sports.

ABOUT RIVERSIDE SPORTS MEDICINE

Riverside Sports Medicine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries caused by physical activity, particularly sports and exercise. A department of Riverside Health System, eastern Virginia's premiere provider of healthcare services since 1918, Riverside Sports Medicine offers a sub-specialty, team approach to treating injuries with the most comprehensive services to minimize downtime and expedite return to normal activity. The group's team of medical professionals includes fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists with sport specialist certification.

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