Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Athletic Training Residency



The mission of the Methodist Sugar Land Athletic Training Residency is to advance the knowledge of an athletic training practitioner through a comprehensive program of clinical and didactic education utilizing an evidence-based approach to enhance the patient experience. The athletic training resident will have a unique experience working and learning from sports medicine practitioners during each facet of the rehabilitation process.


The Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Athletic Training Residency is a 12-month program of intense clinical and didactic experiences in both a hospital based outpatient facility focused specifically in sports rehabilitation and local high schools assisting with athletic venue coverage. Residents will be assigned to one local high school to work in conjunction with an athletic trainer who will provide mentoring for all aspects of athletic care. Residents will also be covering outreach events such as games, races, tournaments, and mass physicals. There will be opportunities to observe athletic care at the professional level as well.

As part of the clinical portion of the residency, residents will receive 1-on-1 mentoring from Board Certified Specialists in Sports and Orthopedics, as well as Fellowship trained Manual Therapists. Residents will be performing athletic venue coverage to allow for independent development of skills acquired throughout the curriculum. Residents will be exposed to opportunities in the didactic portion of the program that will help to significantly advance their skills in the areas of sports rehabilitation and return to activity, acute injury management, injury prevention, athlete performance enhancement, managing the specialty athlete, evidence based practice, and clinical research.

In addition to the clinical and didactic portions, residents will have the opportunity to shadow leading orthopedic sports medicine physicians in the operating room, participate in live on-field experiences with mentoring from other certified athletic trainers, physicians, and physical therapists, and work with athletes of all ages and skill levels. By the completion of the program, residents will be advanced athletic training practitioners well prepared to work in any setting, but most specifically with a high school population.

Program Goals

  • Patient-centered care – Residents will clearly inform, educate, and communicate with patients in a compassionate manner. The residency will emphasize shared decision making and management between the patient and other health care professionals, as well as continuous advocacy of injury and disease prevention measures and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration – Residents will demonstrate the ability to interact with other health professionals in a manner that optimizes the quality of care provided to individual patients.
  • Evidence-based practice – Residents will demonstrate the ability to integrate the best available research evidence with clinical expertise and consideration of patient values and circumstances to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Quality improvement – Residents will demonstrate recognition of need for constant self-evaluation and life-long learning and to identify a quality improvement objective, specify changes that are expected to produce an improvement, and quantitatively confirm that an improvement resulted from implementation of the change.
  • Use of healthcare informatics – Residents will demonstrate the ability to: a) search, retrieve, and utilize information derived from online databases and/or internal databases for clinical decision support, b) properly protect the security of personal health information in a manner that is consistent with legal and ethical considerations for use of such data, c) guide patients to online sources of reliable health-related information, d) utilize word processing, presentation, and data analysis software, and e) communicate through email, text messaging, listservs, and emerging modes of interactive electronic information transfer.
  • Professionalism – Residents will demonstrate professionalism as it relates to the athletic trainer’s adherence to the NATA Code of Ethics and the Board of Certification Standards of Practice, including a demonstration of intrinsic motivation to continuously exhibit the manifestations of professionalism in all aspects of clinical practice and personal conduct.


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