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2021 AASPT Case Study Competition

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The American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy aims to promote excellence in sports physical therapy practice, research, education, and professional development. The development of a Case Study Competition is a medium that can help the AASPT achieve their mission. Participation in Case-Study competitions promotes collaboration, critical clinical decision making, clinical application of literature, and professional growth.

Who would be eligible?

  • Current DPT & PTA Students from accredited programs and early career professionals (graduated within 5 years) DPTs & PTAs; all members of the team must be members of the AASPT.
  • Teams must consist of 3-4 individuals and can be a combination of early career professionals (ECP), SPTs, or SPTAs. However, it is highly recommended to have an ECP. Teams can consist of individuals from multiple institutions.


  • 10-15 minute Voice-over PowerPoint Presentation with the team's analysis of the case.

Timeline - Updated

  • March - Registration
  • April 9 April 23 - Case study registration closes
  • April 10 April 26 - Case study distributed to teams 
  • April 30 May 14 - Case analysis due to AASPT
  • May - Judging of submissions
  • Mid-Summer - Winning teams notified


  • Winning team receives complimentary registration to this year's AASPT Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference, September 23-25, 2021, in Indianapolis, IN, and an opportunity to present.

Case Development Components

  • Acute Injury Management
    • Assess the individuals’ ability to:
      • Assess and interpret an on-field evaluation
      • Develop an evidence guided acute care management plan for the athlete based on initial examination and mechanism of injury
      • Make decisions when responding to an injured athlete in the field of play
  • Treatment and Interventions
    • Assess the individual's ability to:
      • Develop a comprehensive plan of care based on objective tests & measures provided.
      • Create an individualized plan of care that incorporates evidence based practices
      • Troubleshoot treatment/interventions when obstacles and set-backs occur.
  • Return to Play
    • Assess the individual's ability to:
      • Make rationale and objective return to sport decisions based on current evidence
      • Give sound rationale for allowing or preventing an athlete to return to play
      • Identify the key stakeholders in the athletes return to play decision and plan
  • Injury Reduction
    • Assess the individual's abilities to:
      • Outline a plan that promotes injury prevention specific to the athlete
      • Understand the role of Sports Performance in the PT care continuum
      • Educate athletes on injury reduction
  • Research
    • Assess the Individual's abilities to:
      • Identify and recognize gaps in the literature
      • Synthesize the data and evidence throughout the continuum of care
  • Sports Science
    • Assess the Individual's abilities to:
      • Incorporate Technology (e.g. Biodex, force plates, biomechanical assessment, etc.) into the clinical decision making process
      • Understand the role of Sports Science in the Rehabilitation process
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
    • Assess the individual's abilities to:
      • Cooperate and communicate appropriately with medical teams, coaches, and key stakeholders.
      • Delegate tasks, treatment, and interventions as appropriate and demonstrate understanding of physical therapists scope of practice.