SMP 66: Leading The Way For Other Women In Sport With Susan Falsone
Today we’re joined by the amazing Sue Falsone: a woman on a mission to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and performance. She guides us through her journey of being the first female head athletic trainer in major league American sports, explains what it’s like being in that position, and how she deals with all the responsibilities that come with it.
Sue grew up in Buffalo, New York and graduated from Daemen College with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. She then moved on to earning a master’s degree in human movement science from the University of North Carolina.
After working at a physical therapy center and deciding to move across the country, Sue worked at Athletes’ Performance for 13 years, last serving as the Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport. She then became Head Athletic Trainer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, making her the first female head athletic trainer in the major American professional sports leagues. She’s also recently served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer’s Men’s National Team.
She currently travels around the world lecturing on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation.
Today’s topics include:
- The importance of breathing
- What Sue’s job title means
- Her experience working at a physical therapy clinic
- What it’s like being a female working in a male dominated world
- Concussions and how they’ve affected her work
- Gender in modern-day sports
- Healthcare and physical therapy
Be sure to stay tuned for our webinar with Sue, and also be on the lookout for future ones, where we’ll be joined by Dave Whitley, Jason Kane and 97 Display.
Links and resources:
“We need to understand each other’s role to do our own better” – Sue
“Just be amazing at what you do.” – Sue
“You can’t take away people’s compensations without giving them something else” – Sue