| | EP 313 – PT Work and Politics with Sue Falsone

Author / John

From Table to Field

Keep a cool head and stay in your lane. Sound advice from a woman who has worked her ass off to earn the distinction of first female head athletic trainer in any of the MLB, NHL, NBA, or NFL institutions. She prides herself on being honest with her recovering athletes and upfront about the table-to-field timeline. When contracts and millions of dollars are on the line, far more goes into the healing process than initially expected. Now the owner and founder of Structure & Function Education [@structureandfunction], guest Sue Falsone [@suefalsone] has utilized her incredible knowledge of biomechanics and her talent for building PT/athlete relationships to reach the masses.


Sue Falsone [@suefalsone][@structureandfunction] sees rehab from multiple perspectives. Having been in the game and working with high level athletes including the Dodgers roster, she knows that getting an injured player back on the field is a complex task. First, her commitment to the athlete’s health is paramount, but as an asset to the organization she also must be completely transparent with her diagnosis. How does she navigate this dual role and stay true to both entities? Keep a cool head and remain objective. It’s not personal, it’s simply her job. Her experiences have provided incredible insight as to how an athlete is psychologically affected by injury, sometimes as a result of being ostracized by coaching staff, other players, or the PT’s inability to manage the athlete’s psycho-social response. Getting your player off the IR list is dependent on the body’s ability to heal itself, plain and simple. Find out how best to prepare your athlete for that moment when they are physically and mentally ready to hit the ground running again. Listen NOW!


Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, find Sue Falsone under her namesake. Take a gander at her courses and publications by heading to StructureAndFunction.net.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


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