ProRehab’s Sports Certified Specialist Brandy Hirsch Q & A

Brandy Hirsch is the only practicing female Sports Certified Specialist in Kentucky and is one of less than 2,000 nationwide. Here’s a little about what a Sports Certified Specialist does and a Q & A with Hirsch.

Sports Certified Specialist: The SCS Board Certifications is granted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)’s American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS) and involves a rigorous application and examination process. Only 6.5% of the physical therapists in the United States are Board Certified in a specialty, and less than 2% hold their Sports Certified Specialist certification. The advanced clinical knowledge and skill set that comes with a Board Certification allows therapists to better treat the patients in their specialty and keeps them up-to-date with cutting edge research and technology. The SCS certification concentrates on acute and critical sports injury treatment and sports injury prevention and wellness. Dr. Hirsch is the only practicing female Sports Certified Specialist in Kentucky.

Bio info: I grew up in Topeka, KS and went to Washburn Rural High School. Played many sports….soccer, basketball, volleyball, track. Went on to play division II soccer at Washburn University in Topeka, KS for 2 years. Finished college at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. I worked at D1 Sports Training in Savannah, GA before starting PT school at Bellarmine University in 2012. Pursued a residency with ProRehab through Evidence in Motion and have sports experience training with Fern Creek High School and UofL in their football training room.

1. Why are there so few Sports Certified Specialists in the profession?

As a whole, I think more therapists choose the orthopedic specialization for it’s clinical recognition and applicability. The sports specialty requires 200 hours of sideline coverage experience and Emergency Medical Response certification. Despite the orthopedic base in the sports specialty, it is more of a niche practice.


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