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  • PTs Play Prominent Roles in Warrior Games, Coverage of Women's World Cup

    From the Women's World Cup to the US Department of Defense (DOD) "Warrior Games" taking place this week, you don't have to look too hard to find a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) involved—and sometimes in some high-profile ways.

    Recently, Fox Sports tapped John Gallucci Jr, PT, DPT, to serve as its sports medicine analyst during the network's coverage of the Women's World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Canada. According to an article in the Staten Island Advance, Gallucci will be on call for phone or live interviews, offering his analysis should injuries need to be discussed during Fox coverage.

    Besides bringing the expertise of a PT to the discussions, Gallucci will also bring insights gained through his role as the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer.

    Gallucci told the Advance that as of Saturday, June 20, he had yet to receive a call from Fox Sports for an interview, saying that "so far, the Women's World Cup has been pretty healthy. And when you don't get a call as a medical professional, that's a good problem to have."

    Meanwhile, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, the US DOD has launched its Warrior Games, a week-long adaptive sports competition open to active-duty and veteran athletes who are wounded, ill, or injured—and at least in the case of the Army team, who are supported by an interdisciplinary health care team lead by a PT.

    The Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) reports that this year, the returning champion team from the Army will be accompanied by a 6-person team "providing physical and occupational therapy support," led by Jennifer Hoghe, PT, from the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion.

    According to the DVIDS report, "the inclusion of [PTs] to Team Army for the Warrior games represents an interdisciplinary approach to health" similar to the approach used by warrior transition units, the groups that oversee and coordinate care for military personnel who have been injured.

    "The group of athletes that come to the games, come to the trials, they are just so motivated and positive," Hoghe said in the DVIDS report. "They don't focus on what they can't do anymore, they're focusing on just excelling at what they can do, and that's just a phenomenal thing to see."

    The 2015 Warrior Games are being livestreamed through the DVIDs website, June 19-28.

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