Howard Head Residency

Program trains future leaders in sports medicine

Thanks to you, residents learn from the best 

“I had experiences at Howard Head I couldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” says Caitlin Wooldridge, physical therapy resident. “I learned from some of the smartest clinicians in the world.”

Your gifts make it possible for two residents to further their knowledge and skills at Howard Head Sports Medicine each year. 

“Our residency exists only because of our supporters,” says Thomas Olson, director of Research and Education. “Their gifts help us provide a program we feel is among the best.”

Your gifts fund unique experiences 

“We know residents learn best by working with senior therapists,” he says. “That’s why our program includes 200 hours of mentoring. This far exceeds ABPTRFE’s minimum requirement.” ABTRFE stands for American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. 

In addition, our residents further their skills through clinical rotations at Gundersen Health System’s Sports Physical Therapy Residency in Wisconsin and the USSA Center of Excellence in Utah. They also provide medical coverage for the U.S. Ski, Freeskiing and Snowboarding teams and USA Climbing team. These opportunities expose them to a wide range of sports injuries. 

Thomas says Howard Head’s partnership with The Steadman Clinic and Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Group also sets our program apart. Residents learn about the most complex surgeries from these renowned orthopaedists. 

“Such vast experiences help our residents become master clinicians,” he says. “They’ll be tomorrow’s rehab experts.”