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Sports Certified Specialist Preparatory Course (2019)

Successful completion of this course provides the learner with 30 Contact Hours and 3 CEUs.


  • John DeWitt, DPT, ATC
  • Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy 
  • Associate Director, Education and Professional Development The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute
  • Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Physical Therapy Division
  • Columbus, Ohio
Senior Home Study Course Editor:
  • Robert C. Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC, CSCS
  • Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, Wichita State University 
  • Via Christi Health Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy 
  • Wichita, KS
Course Description:
The Second Edition of The Sports Certificated Specialist (SCS) Preparation Course was designed to assist the learner in preparation for the Sports Specialization exam offered the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Course content spans domains within the most recent description of sports physical therapy (DSP) authored by a multi-disciplinary cohort of experts from around the country. Substantial revisions were provided in all chapters based on current and emerging evidence as well as the addition of three chapters specific to the rehabilitation of region-specific sports-related injuries.

Foundational concepts, as well as clinical correlates, are included in each chapter with additional review and test questions provided to assess knowledge translation and identify gaps.

*While this course is designed to help the learner prepare for the SCS exam it is not a guarantee for passage.

SCS Course Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the learner will:
  1. Describe epidemiology and etiology of sports-related conditions that lead to injury.
  2. Prioritize acute-injury manage strategies and emergency preparedness to improve outcomes.
  3. Explain risk factors associated with sports-related conditions and impact on return to sport decision making.
  4. Describe preventative techniques to lower injury risk and optimize performance.
  5. Compare various assessment techniques for the evaluation of sports-related injuries.
  6. Develop an evidence-based treatment plan from initial injury to return to play.
  7. Defend the need to a multi-disciplinary approach to effectively manage the injured athlete.