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Certification in Sports Physical Therapy

Sports Therapy Certification

Certification in Sports Physical TherapyCertification Objectives
In today’s competitive job market, being able to distinguish your area of clinical competency may give you a real advantage in securing employment. With more individuals participating in physical activity, physical therapists with sports injury treatment and prevention certification and expertise will become more desirable in clinical settings.


To meet the demand for more clinicians to have a solid background in sports physical therapy, in 1990 North American Sports Medicine Instituted (NASMI) joined together with the University of St. Augustine (USA) certification programs to offer a specialty certification in Sports Physical Therapy (STC) for practicing clinicians.

The STC certification program offers a series of seminars, which culminate in a comprehensive examination, written, oral and practical testing to define competency in the specialty area of sports physical therapy.

The goal of the STC Certification is to provide physical therapists and practicing clinicians a means to upgrade their clinical skills in Sports Physical Therapy through quality continuing education and examination.

Sports Therapy Certification Technique

Sports Physical Therapy Certification Objectives

1. Provide an innovative and cutting edge educational program for all participants through the integration of state of the art learning tools with advanced professional clinical practice.

2. Develop practitioners skilled in sports physical therapy clinical decision-making based upon the best evidence available for the management of patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

3. Provide an efficient route for STC graduates to become an ABPTS certified specialist in Sports Physical Therapy.

4. NASMI/USA will identify therapists who have attained a safe and effective level of clinical practice in Sports Physical Therapy.

image1NASMI/USA will maintain a reference list of certification graduates for the purpose of facilitating patient referral to or between persons with such identifiable competency.

STC Certification Process

150 hours of coursework

Prospective candidates must complete six structured continuing education courses followed by a comprehensive certification course. The certification course consists of a short review and comprehensive testing in St. Augustine, FL for the spine/extremities and an examination in Nashville, TN for the sports portion. There are written, oral and practical examinations by examiners who are instructors in the program.
The Sports Therapy Certification comprehensive exam consists of 3 parts, written, oral and practical.

STC Course Work

S1 –Spinal Evaluation & Manipulation
E1 – Extremity Eval & Manipulation

-Offered through the University of St Augustine (Call University of St. Augustine for information and scheduling for these seminars at 1-800-241-1027)

Managing the Runner: Analysis, Injury Prevention, and Lower Quarter Injury Rehabilitation

SFMA Certification Course – Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Foundations/Competencies in Sports PT

Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan: An Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Approach to the Shoulder, Hip and Knee

-Offered through the North American Sports Medicine Institute


St. Augustine (See for dates and times)
Comprehensive written exam for Basic Science, EI and SI
Oral and Practical for E1 and S1

Nashville (See for dates and times)
Compressive written exam for Rehab Across the Lifespan, Managing the Runner, SFMA, Foundations/ Competencies in Sports PT, and Emergency Responder
Oral/Practical for Rehab Across the Lifespan, Managing the Runner, SFMA, Foundations in Sports Physical Therapy, Taping, and Emergency Responder

Additional Requirements

Current CPR Certification *
Current Red Cross Emergency Responder *
*Upon successful completion of the Foundation/Competencies in Sports PT course, the participant will receive the Red Cross Emergency Responder certification and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

If you are a practicing physical therapist with a passion for sports therapy, the North American Sports Medicine Institute and University of St Augustine have designed the STC Sports Physical Therapy Certification for you.