Fellowship Corner: Institute for Athlete Regeneration

The INSTITUTE FOR ATHLETE REGENERATION is the number one preferred post-professional program that teaches physical therapists advanced evaluation and treatment techniques with an emphasis on application in the athletic population. Through intense clinical and didactic experiences, including extensive one-on-one mentorship, clinicians will become highly skilled, autonomous, evidence based, critical thinkers, who represent the most elite clinicians in the fields of Sport and Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy. Graduates of the program will possess unparalleled skills in exercise prescription, manual therapy, injury prevention, recovery, performance based rehab, and movement analysis designed to optimize human function and athletic performance.

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Interview by: Toko Nguyen PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT, CSCS Program Director

What makes your Fellowship program unique compared to other programs?

The uniqueness of the Institute for Athlete Regeneration lies in the comprehensiveness of the information provided. IAR encompasses all aspects of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy similar to other Fellowships, but then takes the next step and applies that information to the sports arena. We appreciate the distinct differences in treating the sports population versus the general orthopedic population, and believe successful treatment of the athlete comes with understanding this difference. Our mission is to create the most complete, well-rounded clinician through an unparalleled learning experience that is created by unifying sports, orthopedics, and manual therapy.

What would you consider the strengths of your Fellowship?

100% the Faculty is the strength of IAR! The faculty of any post professional training program is the driving force in creating a successful experience for the participant. The IAR faculty members are all Fellowship trained clinicians who have a relentless passion to develop clinicians to their fullest potential. You can always find our team speaking at national conferences annually on topics related to sports and manual therapy. Based on feedback, our Fellows in Training choose IAR because of the incomparable experience provided by our Faculty. Our faculty members have extremely diverse professional backgrounds that include working and teaching in the hospital, corporate, private practice, university, and sports performance arenas. The clinical experiences these different environments have provided our faculty is a priceless commodity when it comes to teaching, mentoring, and developing the most effective well-rounded clinicians in sports, orthopedics, and manual therapy.

What makes focused learning within a Fellowship worth pursuing?

 In my opinion, focused learning, specifically through mentorship at the Fellowship level, is invaluable.  Mentorship at the Fellowship level is extremely purposeful and thought provoking because it is driven from a combination of clinical expertise, clinical experiences, and complemented by the current evidence. Manual therapy and the clinical reasoning involved is an undeniable game changing approach, and acquiring these skills under Fellowship level mentoring should be pursued by all clinicians looking to be the absolute best at what they do.

What advice would you give to students that are seriously interested in pursuing Fellowship training?

Jump in head first and don’t look back!!! Fellowship training is the upper echelon of training you can receive in our profession. Along with receiving the very prestigious credentials of FAAOMPT and being seen a leader, it will open so many opportunities for growth that will positively affect your career trajectory. Fellowship training does require a high level of commitment and investment, but I can confidently say it will be the best professional investment you will make. I recommend doing plenty of research so you can find the program that will best facilitate achieving your professional goals.

What additional opportunities do your Fellows pursue after completing their training?

Because of our network and affiliations, many of the IAR Fellows have gone on to work as faculty in the post-professional training arena, including Sports Residencies, Orthopedic Residencies, and OMPT Fellowships. These environments afford them the opportunity to continually sharpen their skills as mentors and clinicians. Others have continued on to work in sports at the college or professional level, or have carved niches for themselves as experts in a specific athletic population. All of the IAR Fellows have become the preferred clinicians in their communities, and are considered the go-to clinical experts by their referral sources.

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