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Sports Physical Therapy Certification


Length: 12 months

Summer 2024 Deadline:

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According to a recent study conducted by the Physical Activity Council, there are more than 217 million active Americans. Studies also show dramatic increases in marathon race participation (203% increase from 2008 – 2010) and youth, women, and team sports are experiencing a steady increase in participation numbers as well. As activity and participation levels continue to rise across the board, physical therapists with sports injury treatment and prevention expertise will become the most popular therapists in the clinic.

If you are a practicing physical therapist with a passion for sports therapy, EIM has designed the perfect program for you – The EIM Sports Physical Therapy Certification.


  • Flexible learning environment: program is designed using a blend of online courses and weekend hands-on clinical experiences
  • Learn from world-renowned faculty: considered to be the thought leaders and experts in sports physical therapy
  • Advance your knowledge in the realm of evidence-based sports physical therapy
  • Enhance the performance of your professional, amateur, or weekend warrior athlete by providing comprehensive care: prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation
Not ready to begin the certification? You can get started by taking courses in the core curriculum for CE. View your options here.

    Teresa Schuemann, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS

    Sports Residency Program Director


  • Choose two for your Plan of Study

    • SPPT 6130 – The Female Athlete
      • This course provides current best-evidence for the female triad including the pre-participation screening addendum, jumping biomechanics, ACL prevalence and prevention strategies and life spectrum issues including pregnancy and master athlete issues.
    • SPPT 6140 – Sports Across the Ages
      • This course provides current best-evidence for both the young and master athlete including basic science of growth, implications for sports participation, rehabilitation, and common injury for each of these populations, physiology of aging and its implications for athletic performance.
    • SPPT 6150 – The Overhead Throwing Athlete
      • This course provides an overview of the biomechanics and pathomechanics of the overhead throwing athlete. Current, best-evidence on the examination, assessment, and intervention for common injuries seen in the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine will be covered for this unique population.
    • SPPT 6160 – The Tactical/Occupational Athlete
      • This course discusses the unique requirements of the tactical/occupational athlete to include those of the military, police force, firefighters, and other occupations that have high physical demands. Current, best-evidence will be discussed regarding screening for injury risk, best practices for injury prevention, factors related to wellness, physical examination, and rehabilitation strategies for common injuries seen in these environments.
    • SPPT 7270 – Sports Virtual Rounds
    • SPPT 7080 – SPTC Capstone Examinations
  • Post-professional DPT can be added to the Sports Certification for an additional $3,600 in tuition and 6 credits of online coursework to include:
    • APPT 6110 – Essentials of Pharmacology
    • APPT 6210 – Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • APPT 6220 – Essentials of Medical Screening
    • BUSI 6200 – Business Management Principles for the Rehab Therapist
    • PROF 6110 – Professionalism: Roles & Responsibilities
    • TPS 6410 – Therapeutic Neuroscience Education

    The Post-professional DPT degree is not intended as an advanced academic degree in preparation for teaching as ranked faculty in a physical therapy educational program. The EIM Post-professional DPT is designed to be a clinically oriented degree. Typically, academic institutions seek ranked faculty members who have “terminal doctoral degrees”, such as a PhD, DSc, etc. Individuals desiring an advanced academic degree that prepares them for teaching should pursue the appropriate degree (ie, PhD, DSc, etc.) based on feedback from their target institution. While some institutions with a clinical faculty appointment track recognize the Post-professional DPT for academic purposes, most require that it come from a regionally accredited institution.


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