UPPER EXTREMITY ATHLETE FELLOWSHIP

The BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program provides the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum. The graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the BCPT staff, Cincinnati Reds, and the Tucson and Phoenix communities at large. ABPTRFE Accredited Program.
DESCRIPTION
The mission of BodyCentral Physical Therapy/TPG Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program is to provide professional development opportunities for physical therapists to receive specialist training in upper extremity athletes.

This will be attained through independent study, didactic education, participation in research and mentorship both within BodyCentral and through our partnership with the Cincinnati Reds.

The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum. The graduate of the program will be an ongoing resource for the BCPT staff, Cincinnati Reds, and the Tucson and Phoenix communities at large.


FAQs
Q. Eligibility Requirements
A. Applicants must meet the following criteria: Must be able to obtain AZ PT license by start of the program and must be either Board Certified Sports or Orthopedic Clinical Specialist OR have completed an accredited Sports Residency Program.
Fellows will also need to have either their Emergency Responder for the Athlete certification or be a Licensed Athletic Trainer

Q. Who is considered an upper extremity athlete?
A. Any person who participates in some type of overhead sport is considered an upper-extremity athlete of all age ranges and skill level. An upper extremity athlete may participate in baseball, softball, volleyball, rock climbing, cross fit, football, tennis, etc.

Q. What is the caseload for the Fellow?
A. While at BodyCentral, the Fellow will see primarily a mix of upper extremity athletes with injuries to any body region and patients from the general orthopedic population with upper extremity injuries. While at the Cincinnati Reds Complex, the Fellow will see 100% baseball athletes.

Q. What are you looking for in an applicant to the program?
A. An ideal candidate is passionate about all types of upper extremity sports and injuries, as well as continued growth and development as a professional. Additionally, it is really important that the Fellow is a personality fit with our faculty and clinics.

Q. Is the Fellow involved with the Sports Residency Program?
A. Our Upper Extremity Athlete Fellow has the opportunity to mentor with our Sports Residents during their time at BodyCentral. We find this to be mutually beneficial to both the Residents and the Fellow. Additionally, the Fellow will help teach parts of some of the Sports Residency Modules during their time at BodyCentral.

Q. Is there tuition to the program?
A. There is no tuition to the program, but Fellow works at a slightly reduced salary to help cover the educational costs of the program.

LOCATION
The BodyCentral Physical Therapy Upper Extremity Athlete Fellowship Program currently has an approved site in Tucson/Phoenix, Arizona.

PROGRAM OUTLINE
Fellows will be at BodyCentral from November 1 through early to mid-January, at which point they will transition to the Cincinnati Reds Training Facility for the duration of the season. The Fellow will transition back to BodyCentral in approximately September pending playoffs for the remainder of the Fellowship period.
The Fellow will work 40 hours in-clinic per week while at BodyCentral and follow the Reds Training schedule while at the complex. 1:1 mentoring time is incorporated into clinic time at both facilities.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Fellows are provided with additional training, didactic teaching, coaching in the clinic and on the field to allow them to focus on each fellow’s unique interests and passions.

• Graduation Rate: 100% (as of December 2023)

The program will encourage the development and enhancement of advanced manual therapy skills, evidence-based rationale for treatments, and clinical reasoning to allow the fellow to evaluate and treat upper extremity athletes across the entire spectrum

The program will begin in November and complete the following December.

For more information please contact Kristen Waldron, PT, DPT, SCS – kristenwaldron@bodycentralpt.net

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FACULTY
Program Director 
Melissa Buss, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT
Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
Jennifer Allen,PT,DPT,OCS,SCS,CHT
Program Faculty

Sam Rauchwarter, PT, DPT, SCS
Mat Wise, PT, MPT, OCS


Cincinnati Reds Faculty

Ariana Calderon, PT, DPT, SCS
Eric Gonzalez PT, DPT, SCS
Garrett Valls PT, DPT, SCS