Sports SIG

Welcome AAOMPT Sports SIG

The purpose of the AAOMPT - Sports Special Interest Group is to serve its members by promoting the identity of manual therapy in the field of Sports rehabilitation through clinical practice, education, research, mentorship, and professional development.

Objectives of the AAOMPT-Sports SIG shall be to:

  1. Establish effective mechanisms to identify, recruit, and promote manual therapists who practice or have an interest in practicing in Sports Physical Therapy.
  2. Implement a mechanism to consistently disseminate to members current concepts, best practice patterns, and research related to the use of manual therapy in Sports.
  3. Create a forum for continuous professional development of members through collegial networking and collaboration with clinical leaders in Sports and manual therapy.
  4. Provide resources to facilitate education, mentorship, and cooperation to support clinicians and students interested in the implementation of manual therapy in Sports Physical Therapy.
  5. Enhance the objectives and functions of the Academy as set forth in the strategic plan and AAOMPT bylaws as well as by AAOMPT and IFOMPT’s Standards of Practice.
  6. More information regarding the Sports SIG can be found in the Rules of Order by Clicking Here.

    Membership to the Sports SIG

    All members of AAOMPT – Sports SIG must be members of AAOMPT in good standing. All licensed physical therapists and student physical therapists with an interest in the promotion and implementation of manual therapy in Sports Physical Therapy are eligible for membership in the AAOMPT – Sports SIG. To sign up for the Sports SIG, please follow the below instructions:

    • Log into your AAOMPT Membership Profile
    • Choose the My Information Tab
    • Choose the My Details Option
    • Select the pencil tool to the right of the screen which will then allow you to edit your details
    • Scroll down to Sports SIG option
    • Choose Yes or No and select Save at the bottom of the screen.

    Any questions you may have regarding the Sports SIG, please email  [email protected].

Sports PT Spotlight

Dr. Mauricio Elizondo, PT


Dr. Mauricio Elizondo is originally from Ciudad Obregon, México. He graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training in 2008, from the University of Idaho with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2010, and from the University of St. Augustine in 2016 with a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. Dr. Elizondo has spent the past ten years working as a full time Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist in professional baseball, working with the Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Toronto Blue Jays. In addition to his current role as Minor League Physical Therapist with the Toronto Blue Jays, Dr. Elizondo also works as a physiotherapist with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), covering the men’s professional tennis tour. He has worked in a variety of leadership positions, including Latin America Medical Coordinator and Minor League Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator, overseeing all organizational medical operations. Dr. Elizondo specializes in manual therapy as well as functional movement and has completed a variety of continuing education courses that include dry needling, kinesiotaping, dynamic neuromuscular activation, and active release techniques. Dr. Elizondo is also bilingual in English and Spanish.

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Lisa Pataky, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, USATF-1


Lisa received her Bachelor of Science from Duke University in 2008 where she played rugby for 4 years. She then went on to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston University. She is a board certified sports clinical specialist and completed her sports physical therapy residency from Proaxis Therapy in Greenville, SC where she completed a research study involving humeral adaptation differences between high school baseball and softball players. Lisa has worked at several sports medicine clinics working with athletes of all ages and skill levels. She has participated in clinical research, assistance in teaching in residency programs and has volunteered at local high schools and colleges assisting in the athletic training room and with on-field coverage of events. She currently works for the Women’s Tennis Association which fulfills her passions of working with high level athletes as well as traveling.

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Jake has 19 years of experience in sports medicine. His professional accomplishments include co-authoring six chapters in physical therapy textbooks. He has obtained certifications in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, dry needling, and is board certified in orthopedics and is fellowship trained in manual therapy. Jake is co-director and helped start the orthopedic manual physical therapy fellowship program at the Ohio state University in 2015.

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Roland Ramirez, ATC, LAT, PT, SCS, CSCS


Director of Rehabilitation/Associate Head Athletic Trainer
Houston Texans

Roland Ramirez enters his eleventh season with the Houston Texans and currently serves as the Director of Rehabilitation/Associate Head Athletic Trainer. He served as the Coordinator of Rehabilitation with the Atlanta Falcons during the 2007 season, and served as a contract athletic trainer for the Tennessee Titans during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Ramirez also served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Nashville Kats Arena Football team (AFL) during the 2006 season.

Prior to entering the ranks of the NFL, Ramirez worked as a physical therapist in an orthopedic and sports medicine clinic while completing his graduate work in athletic training. He earned a dual masters degree in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Ramirez completed his undergraduate work at Texas Tech University, where he also played football from 1998-99.

Ramirez was the recipient of the 2016 AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year Award, which is awarded by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). He was also recognized as the 2015 Distinguished Alumni of the Year awarded by the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. The Houston Texans athletic training staff were also the recipients of the 2013 Athletic Training Staff of the Year awarded by PFATS.

Ramirez is board certified as a clinical specialist in sports physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. In addition, he is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds several other certifications in the sports medicine arena, including Functional Dry Needling. Ramirez is an active member of the NATA, APTA, NSCA, and currently serves as the AFC Representative on the executive board for PFATS.

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