Clinical Spotlight: Chase Tucker, Sports Residency Mentor
We’re thrilled to recognize the accomplishments of Chase Tucker, a graduate and now mentor faculty for our Sports Residency Program. Through his dedication to advancing his clinical skills as a Sports Physical Therapist, Chase has not only completed our program, but he has also made valuable contributions to its evolution.
While serving as the Clinic Director of our Lake Wylie, SC clinic, Chase applied to the inaugural cohort of the program because he wanted to develop himself clinically and improve his professional skill set. His participation in the program has been invaluable, not only to his own development but also to the progression of the program itself. Thanks to his insights and feedback, the program has evolved into a partnered residency program with Hospital for Special Surgery. The first cohort of the Ivy Rehab HSS Sports Residency Program started in January 2023, and Chase is now preparing to sit for his Sports Clinical Specialist Board Certification Exam in March. His level of drive and passion is a true testament to the clinical excellence that we strive for at Ivy Rehab.
When thinking about what led him to apply for the Sports Residency Program, Chase explained that he had spent the first few years of his career trying to get situated and comfortable with working as an outpatient PT. He explains, “when I took over the Clinic Director role I dove headfirst into that. Fast forward a few years, and it was time for me to refocus on my clinical skills and professional development.”
Immediate Improvement in Patient Care
Chase’s participation in the program has had an immediate impact on the way he treats patients. In addition to return to sport testing, which he uses on a daily basis and considers one of the biggest takeaways from the program, he’s also brought in new technology for more accurate objective measuring, and utilized journal reviews and seminars to help expand his knowledge base.
“I’ve been able to upgrade my evaluation, objective testing, and return to sport testing to follow current research and guidelines. The program gave me increased awareness for current research, best practices, and new technology which has all helped improve my clinical skills,” explains Chase. “I would recommend this program to anyone looking to build their clinical skills as a Sports PT. The program will not only give you increased skills for sideline coverage but will also build clinical skills with the newest research and guidelines. The program has also given me the opportunity to build relationships with local athletic trainers and sports medicine doctors as part of my sideline coverage hours.”
We are incredibly proud of Chase and all of our graduates of the Sports Clinical Specialization Program. Their dedication to clinical excellence and passion for sports physical therapy is what drives us to continue offering these programs and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in our field. Congratulations, Chase, on your incredible achievement!
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