CHKD sports physical therapy residency program is a 12-month program designed to develop outstanding clinicians by providing expert level care to the pediatric and adolescent sports population of Hampton Roads. The residency program allows opportunities for the resident to combine didactic curriculum and physician observations with hands-on clinical mentorship in order to enhance clinical decision making.


The mission of the sports physical therapy residency at CHKD is to immerse practicing clinicians into advanced didactic curriculum and clinical mentorship in order to develop pediatric sports physical therapists that will deliver quality care, lead and educate the profession, public and health care community, and excel as members of the sports medicine team.


  • Support the vision and mission of CHKD by developing advanced practitioners of sports physical therapy who provide expert care to the pediatric and adolescent sports population.
  • Provide training to and opportunities for residents to synthesize didactic education and mentorship into patient centered care that emphasizes ethical and evidence-based clinical practice.
  • Develop clinicians who will be leaders in the field of sports physical therapy and teach others in the general public, health care community and physical therapy profession.
  • Develop clinicians that have advanced sports physical therapy proficiency and expertise in preparation to pass the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) Sports Clinical Specialist (SCS) examination in order to achieve board certification status.
  • Provide residents with opportunities for athletic venue coverage in order to develop clinicians that will serve the athletic needs of the community.

Program Benefits 

Residents will be employed by CHKD and considered a full time employee eligible for benefits and three-quarters starting PT salary. Residents will also receive additional continuing education benefits in order to prepare them for the board-certification exam. In addition, the resident will have unique opportunities for:

  • Physician clinics and surgery observations
  • Unique cross-disciplinary experiences
  • Specialty Programs
    • Dance
    • Baseball
    • Soccer
    • Vestibular/Concussion
    • Gymnastics
    • Swimming
    • Running
    • Fitness/Sports Performance Academy
  • On-field venue coverage with experienced ATCs at local middle and high schools
  • Community Outreach
    • Local gymnastics gyms
    • Local dance studios
    • CHKD RunWalk & other local races
    • Coaches Clinics

Didactic/Curriculum Breakdown 

  • 1500+ clinical treatment hours
  • 150+ hours of clinical mentorship
  • 200+ hours of athletic venue coverage
  • 50+ hours of athletic training room coverage
  • 80+ hours of physician/surgery observation
  • Learning Modules
    • On-field
    • Concussion
    • Clinical Reasoning and Research
    • Imaging
    • Foot and Ankle
    • Knee
    • Spine and Hip
    • Running
    • Shoulder
    • Wrist/elbow/hand
    • Overhead Athletes
    • Sports Considerations
  • Journal clubs
  • Community continuing education lectures
  • Annual CHKD Sports Medicine Conference

How to Apply

Applications requirements

  • Hold (or be eligible to hold) full PT license in the state of Virginia
    • Applicants must be licensed prior to the start of the residency
    • Temporary licensure is not permitted
  • Hold at least one of the following:
  • Hold current BLS/CPR certification

Application Process

  • Applicants will apply through RF-PTCAS
  • Applications are due December 1 of the application year
  • Interviews: February/March
  • Selected candidates will begin on or about July 1

The CHKD Sports PT Residency Program will be participating in the standardized Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program Match for the upcoming application cycle. This will process will fill our 1 available Resident position for our upcoming start date: July 1. All communication regarding this match process will come through the Match Program, EXXAT, if you receive an interview offer. Good luck, and we look forward to reviewing your application!

Program Outcomes

Program outcomes can be found below:

  • Completion Rate: 100%
  • Retention Rate: 100%
  • Clinical-Specialist Board Examination Pass Rate: 100%
  • Post-Completion Employment Rate: 100%

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose CHKD in southeastern VA for my sports residency training?

CHKD Sports Medicine is widely respected in the region for providing expert level care to athletes ages 7 to 23. Our interdisciplinary team includes fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, board-certified physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning specialists. Additionally, being part of the CHKD Health System allows easy access to nutritionists, mental health services, and other specialists.

Our residency team is highly motivated to provide education and mentorship to develop practicing clinicians into expert-level pediatric sports physical therapists who deliver quality care and excel as members of the sports medicine team. All PT faculty members are board-certified in sports or orthopedics. Our faculty also includes board-certified sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons, an athletic trainer, and research coordinator.

Located in southeastern Virginia, the Hampton Roads region is renowned for its recreational beaches, museums, concerts, and festivals. The area, which is filled with historical points of interest and natural attractions, is also a short drive to tourist destinations such as Busch Gardens amusement park and the barrier islands that make up North Carolina’s famous Outer Banks.

What is the process for applying to the Sports PT residency program at CHKD?

All applications are completed through RF-PTCAS. Applications must be submitted by January 31 of the residency start year. After being offered an interview, the applicant will apply to the CHKD job posting to allow Human Resources to screen for employment eligibility. Following receipt of the application, interviews will be scheduled, and the resident will be notified of acceptance for a start date on or about July 1.

What is CHKD looking for in resident candidates?

CHKD is looking for recent graduates who are highly motivated to pursue residency training. Ideal candidates are self-motivated, receptive of feedback, eager to learn, and have a sports background. Applicants should also maintain an ATC, EMT, or Emergency Medical Response certification. If certification is not obtained at the time of application, the applicant must be registered for a course that will be completed prior to the start of venue coverage (August).

What kind of mentorship and training will I receive?

Residents will receive 150 hours of direct, one-on-one mentorship where the resident is providing patient care and the mentor is providing feedback. The resident will also participate in frequent indirect mentorship. Indirect mentorship includes biweekly chart review process, monthly meetings with program director, and monthly faculty rounds. Faculty rounds consists of a faculty member presenting a 30-minute didactic education lecture followed by a 30-minute case presentation in a question-answer format to develop the resident’s clinical reasoning skills.

What kinds of experiences will I have as a resident?

  • 1,500 hours of independent treatment time.
  • 150 hours of direct one-on-one mentorship.
  • 30+ hours of indirect mentorship.
    • Bi-weekly chart review of all active patient cases to discuss progress and enhance clinical reasoning.
  • 200+ hours of on-field sports venue coverage.
    • Sports venue coverage will take place at two local high schools, a dance studio, and with a local rugby club. Additional venue coverage is available at gymnastics studios, soccer clubs, or baseball clubs.
  • 80+ hours observing with physicians in the clinic and operating room.
  • 300+ hours of didactic education (See curriculum section below).
  • Observational hours with clinical specialists in their respective program areas. Programs include:
    • Baseball
    • Swimming
    • Vestibular
    • Dance Medicine
    • Gymnastics
    • Running
  • Journal Clubs.
  • Continuing medical education (CME) lectures.
    • CMEs lectures are presented monthly by CHKD Physicians, PTs/PTAs, ATCs and are free to all health care professionals.
    • The resident will present one CME lecture during their tenure.

What kinds of athletes will I be working with in the program?

  • The resident will work with a wide variety of athletes. Within clinical time, the resident will work with athletes ages 7 to 23 whose sports backgrounds range from free play and PE to varsity and collegiate programs.
  • Venue coverage is completed primarily at the high school level with specific experiences related to football; however, high school sports experience can be tailored to the resident’s interest in some capacity.
  • Opportunities exist to work with gymnastics clubs and dance studios.
  • Rugby coverage is for an adult-league rugby club.

What is the residency curriculum?

The CHKD residency curriculum is broken into 12 modules that are designed to be completed in 4 to 5 weeks. Modules are primarily by body region and designed to build on each other. The modules are on-field examination, concussion, clinical reasoning and research, imaging, foot/ankle, knee, spine/hip, running, shoulder, elbow/wrist/hand, overhead athlete, and sports considerations.

Each module is broken up into the following components: learning objectives, PowerPoint presentations, article review, MedBridge learning tracks/videos, skills review with faculty member, skills check off, written examination, and live patient examination (on-field, concussion, foot/ankle, knee, spine/hip, and shoulder).

What does a typical week in residency look like?

The residency is fluid in nature based on outside learning experiences (physician office visits, OR time, observation with PT faculty, etc.); however, the resident can use the below outline as an example.

  • A.M. – MD or surgical observation vs. skills practice vs. didactic curriculum
  • P.M. – Solo treatment

  • A.M. – Solo treatment + mentor time
  • P.M. – High School sports

  • A.M. – MD or surgical observation vs. skills practice vs. didactic curriculum
  • P.M. – Solo treatment

  • A.M. – Solo treatment + mentor time
  • P.M. – High School sports

  • A.M. – Solo treatment
  • P.M. – High School football vs. skills practice vs. didactic curriculum

  • Rugby/A.M. solo clinic treatment

What are clinical facilities like at CHKD?




Financial Fact Sheet 2023-2024

The American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education (ABPTRFE) has created this financial fact sheet to provide financial transparency to applicants about the true cost to undergo residency and fellowship education.

See the ABPTRFE financial fact sheet here.

From the Residency Program Director Chris Bertani, PT, DPT

Thank you for your interest in CHKD's sports physical therapy residency program. Please do not hesitate to contact me with specific questions at (757) 668-5345 or email