Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

The Department of Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Program at UConn Health offers preventative, rehabilitative, and performance-enhancing services that maximize functionality and promote well-being in patients of all ages and abilities. Our professional team includes advanced-credentialed physical therapists with expertise in the field of Sports Medicine. Our therapists work closely with all clinics to ensure optimal recovery, but as part of the Musculoskeletal Institute team, our therapists have the unique ability to work side-by-side with providers in the UConn Health Department of Orthopedic Surgery. This collaborative approach allows optimal communication, resulting in excellent patient outcomes.

Conditions Treated

Commonly seen conditions, including but not limited to:

  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle/Foot Injuries

Distinct Programs

Preoperative Training
The objective of this program is to ensure that patients and their families are familiar with their postoperative protocol and any associated equipment such as a sling, brace, or crutches. Emphasis is placed on patient education and practice for proper fit and safe use of the device in order to protect the surgical repair.

Total Joint Preoperative Class
This interactive class is a requirement for patients who are undergoing a total hip or knee replacement. It covers topics such as surgical technique, hospital course, what to expect when going home, and rehabilitation. This collaboration between the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Services improves the continuity of patient care, satisfaction and overall outcomes.

Connected Programs and Resources

UConn Musculoskeletal Institute

Katherine Coyner, M.D.

American Physical Therapy Association

National Athletic Training Association