Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

A Fellowship in Sports Medicine at UVA

The UVA Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship provides proven training in the development of the clinical competencies required to expeditiously diagnose and properly manage medical illness and injuries related to sports and exercise.



Dr. MacKnight, Dr. Allen and Dr. Kent covering a home game!

The clinical experience will include the following and much more:

  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-participation evaluations (UVA D1, high school, middle school)
  • Management of acute and chronic illnesses/ injuries
  • Rehabilitation and return-to-play criteria
  • The experience to function as a team physician
  • Serve in the promotion of physical fitness and wellness for children, adolescents and adults

Sports Medicine Fellowship Emphasis

  • Physiology and biomechanics
  • Nutritional science and consideration unique to sport and individual
  • Pathophysiology of illness and injury
  • Effects of therapeutic, performance enhancing and recreational drugs
  • Psychological aspects of exercise, performance and completion
  • Ethical principles
  • Medico-legal aspects of exercise and sports
  • Research and medical writing principles

What Makes UVA One-of-a-Kind?

Each applicant to our sports medicine fellowship is unique – only you know what drew you to this path of studying sports medicine.  Whether it was your own successes on the turf, your heartbreak in feeling your ACL tear, or using running to cope with a difficult childhood, it’s personal to you!  We, faculty and staff of the fellowship, appreciate and cherish each learner’s own story as to how you arrived at the point of surfing this webpage.  It is your “fingerprint”, if you will, and we do not want to alter that.

This added year of training is to complete your development in becoming what it is you have always dreamed. As such, once you match in our UVA program, we ask you to begin dreaming and creating a list of your ideal experiences – your Sports Medicine Bucket List!  From that, we will formulate the year schedule to accommodate as many as possible while still providing you basic sciences, anatomy and clinical continuity.  This is YOUR year… UVA will make it the best in your training!

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Sarah Cowan

University of Virginia
Department of Family Medicine
Assistant Residency Program Coordinator
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Tel: 434-243-6638
Fax: 434-243-1473