GIVEN SPORTS & PHYSICAL THERAPY
BOARD CERTIFIED CLINICAL SPECIALIST IN SPORTS PHYSICAL THERAPY
Greg Given PT, MHS, SCS, ATC, CAFS first achieved board certification as a Clinical Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy in 2006, becoming the first in McHenry County and one of only a handful in Illinois with this distinction. ABPTS board certification as a clinical specialist distinguishes physical therapists with “specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.”
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a national professional organization representing more than 100,000 members throughout the United States, established the specialist certification program in 1978. Specialization is the process by which a physical therapist builds on a broad base of professional education and practice to develop a greater depth of knowledge and skills related to a particular area of practice. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession and unique to the specialized area of practice.
The specialist certification program was established to provide formal recognition for physical therapists with advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skills in a special area of practice and to assist consumers and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.