Sports Physical Therapy Residency

Fairview Health Services offers an accredited thirteen month, August 1st to August 31st, Sports Physical Therapy Residency to physical therapists seeking to advance their training in sports medicine. Up to two physical therapists are accepted annually for the program. Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency, formerly named Minnesota Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency, is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association as a post-professional residency program for physical therapists in sports medicine.

About the residency 

Residents work side-by-side with sports medicine and orthopedic physicians, sports physical therapists and athletic trainers who bring advanced training in sports medicine. Coursework includes a mix of direct clinical care, physician and surgery observation, research, athletic training observation, and a variety of educational activities that include one-to-one mentoring sessions and weekly sports medicine grand rounds. 


  • First Sports PT Residency in the state of MN
  • 28 Graduates (as of 2020)
  • 100% first time pass-rate on the Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) exam
Program graduates will:
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to administrate a community-focused physical therapy practice that serves high school, collegiate, professional and recreational athletes
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced sports physical therapy care for athletes, including the study of the pathology and biomechanics of athletic injuries and the physical and psychological manifestations of sports injuries and conditions
  • Develop professional and interpersonal patient-care skills necessary to an outpatient and on-field sports medicine setting
  • Participate as a member of a sports medicine team that includes primary care sports medicine specialists, orthopedic surgeons and certified athletic trainers
  • Develop skills to design, implement and complete a community-focused sports medicine research study and publish the results
  • Enhance their preparation for certification as a specialist in sports physical therapy

Curriculum overview 

  • Provide patient care in an outpatient integrated orthopedic sports clinic.
  • Physical therapy content expert mentoring. Residents shadow and/or co-treat with practicing physical therapists at M Health Fairview Sports & Physical Therapy
  • Weekly on-field/training room coverage and Community event coverage through the Minnesota State High School League.
  • Sports medicine physicians and surgical observation.
  • Shadow special programs offered at the M Health Fairview Sports & Physical Therapy that focus on advanced evaluation and treatment of athletes, including runners, throwers, golfers, cyclists and dancers.
  • Attend weekly Sports Medicine Grand Rounds and basic science lectures, as well as journal clubs, Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference and Current Concepts in Sports Medicine Conference
  • Residents teach one or more “Next Step” training program sessions. Next Step is a post-rehabilitation training program designed to help patients “bridge the gap” from patient to athlete
  • Weekly feedback sessions are scheduled and include case studies and discussion about patient evaluation, treatment and care plans initiated by the Resident.
  • Residents assist in teaching sports medicine classes focusing on specific topics to DPT students at a local university as well as to incoming primary care sports medicine physician fellows.
  • Complete a research project and community service project

Residency Salary and Benefits

Salary for the Residency is $46,176 per year. Each resident is provided access to full health, dental, liability, disability insurance benefit and two weeks paid time off as per Fairview Health Service employee standard.

Applying to our Program

The Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program participates in the APTA American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education centralized application process called RF-PTCAS.

About the Residency Faculty

Residency Director and physical therapist Peter Ames, PT, PhD, SCS brings more than twenty years’ experience to the program. Peter graduated from Touro College, NY in 1995. After working in nine different states and the United Kingdom, he moved to Minnesota and has been the Director for the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program since 2006. Peter completed his PhD in Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2011. He currently practices at M Health Fairview Sports & Physical Therapy and serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. He presents locally and has presented nationally at APTA Combined Sections Meeting. Peter has also published papers in JOSPT and IJSPT.

More than ten residency faculty bring advanced training and clinical skills in a full spectrum of sports-related injuries. Residents work with faculty throughout the year at rehabilitation clinics located in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Minneapolis.

Core Faculty

Adjunct faculty

Questions about the Residency may be directed to Peter Ames, Residency Director, at 952-944-5314 or by email at