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

Author / Cali Hinzman

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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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


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