Listening Time — 27:15
Baseball may seem like a game with lots of standing around. But between moments of calm athletes move with great speed and force — throwing, swinging, fielding, and running bases.
In this episode, we talk with physical therapist Sue Falsone. Sue served as the head trainer and physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. She provides a glimpse of how baseball players cope with the demands of professional baseball.
She also discusses whether early single-sport specialization of youth athletes could contribute to the recent rash of severe elbow injuries in Major League Baseball.
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Sue Falsone, PT, MS, board-certified specialist in sports physical therapy, is the founder of Structure & Function. He also holds the athletic trainer certification, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and is a certified orthopaedic manual therapist. Her consulting company educates business and healthcare providers as well as athletes. She was the first woman to become head trainer among the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She also served as the vice president of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sport for 13 years. She has presented at international conferences on pillar strength, integration of physical therapy and performance training, and comprehensive kinetic chain assessment and rehabilitation.