Our Physical Therapists are well rounded and experienced with both Sports and Orthopaedics and are committed to providing evidence-based practice, and the latest in educational resources. We pride ourselves in excellent clinical care that focuses on the patient’s goals. We have 10 locations in Summit and Eagle County. 

The HHSMRP has been filled for the 2021-22 class.

Whether you are a recent physical therapy graduate or an experienced clinician, our sports physical therapy residency gives you the specialized skills and hands-on experience to provide high-quality physical therapy to athletes in the clinic and on the field.

Guided by knowledgeable faculty and mentors, you will receive rigorous training in physical therapy for athletes, expand your knowledge by conducting and publishing clinical research, make lasting contributions to your community and prepare you to become a leader in Sports Medicine.
Curriculum and Training

Our rigorous sports residency curriculum uses a combination of formal and informal educational, clinical and academic activities, as well as mentored direct care of patients at affiliated clinics, including The Steadman Clinic and Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery. Supervised on-field experience is a key component of the sports residency and will be conducted with local high school athletics, Club sports, and US Ski and Snowboard Teams.  

The sports residency consists of key modules for each joint: knee, hip, foot/ankle, shoulder and spine. With addition of adjunct modules that is specific to the Sport Specialist: running analysis, injury reduction strategies, performance improvements, surgical observation/lab, and many others. 

A Sports Resident’s typical week includes:
  • 20–30 hours of direct patient care
  • 1:1 mentored clinical practice in physical therapy
  • On-field experience in athletic settings
  • Physician clinic observation and grand rounds
  • Discussion in theory, technique and literature reviews, Journal Clubs, contribution to on-going research, and other didactic areas. 
The sports residency begins in July and lasts for 12 months. Requirements for successful completion include passing oral, practical and written exams at 80% or better. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for the HHSMR program you must be a graduate of an APTA-accredited program in Physical Therapy and eligible for licensure as a Physical Therapist in Colorado.

You must also have one of the following designations for emergency response prior to beginning the residency:
  • Certified Athletic Trainer
  • Certified Emergency Responder (through the APTA sports section)
  • Licensed Emergency Medical Technician
In residency candidates, we are looking for highly skilled PT’s; a desire to advance clinical knowledge in Sports Physical Therapy, strong communication skills, initiative, adaptability, and responsibility.

HOW TO APPLY
All sports residents must have a Colorado State License prior to beginning the residency in July.

To apply for the sports residency, visit the Residency and Fellowship Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (RF-PTCAS), create a login and indicate that you are applying for the HHSMRP.

Applications are due on December 1. Interviews will be held In Early March for the upcoming class.

CONTACT US
For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Broersma director of the Howard Head Sports Physical Therapy Residency, at maryellen.broersma@vailhealth.org


FORMER HHSMRP RESIDENTS THAT WORK FOR HOWARD HEAD
  • Matt Mymern, PT, DPT, SCS, TPI-C
  • Brittney Huntimer, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, FAAOMPT
  • Rachel Rourke, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS
  • Nate Neff, PT, DPT, SCS, MTC
  • Hank Scholtz, PT, DPT, SCS
  • Brett Muller, PT, DPT, SCS
HHSMRP FACULTY
  • Matt Mymern, PT, DPT, SCS
  • Paul Westgard, PT, DPT, SCS, OCS, CSCS
  • Ana Robinson, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Laurie Griffin, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Jenna Jones, PT, DPT, OCS
Thank you for your interest in Howard Head’s student of physical therapy clinical education program. Unfortunately, due to issues with worker’s compensation insurance law in the state of Colorado, entering into new contracts with schools and universities has been extremely challenging. As a result, we are not entering into any new contracts with institutions for student placements at this time. If your school has a current contract with Howard Head and Vail Health Hospital, and you are interested in a rotation, please contact our center coordinator for clinical education using the information provided below. If you school does not have a current contract and you would like to have the opportunity to learn at Howard Head, we would encourage you to look into our sports residency program as an option for post graduate education once you gain licensure as a therapist.

For more information please contact Center Coordinator for Clinical Education, Shayna Graham.
Email:  Shayna.graham@vailhealth.org
Phone: (970) 328-6715
Looking to explore the day to day experience of a physical therapist? At Howard Head we open our doors to community members interested in observing at any of our clinics throughout Eagle and Summit Counties. From high school students exploring career options, to adults making a career change, we will match you with a professional to shadow for hours, days, or even weeks to gain insight in our field. During your observation experience you will examine a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, learn about our culture here at Howard Head, and have the opportunity to ask any questions of the experts. This is an amazing opportunity for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.

Please complete and submit the Applicant Contact Information Sheet (pdf)

To submit completed information sheets, proof of vaccinations, and inquire about an observation opportunity, please contact:

Name: Erin Levy
Email: erin.levy@vailHealth.org  
Phone: (970) 845-9600