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  • PT Named First Female Head Athletic Trainer in Major Sports

    APTA member Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, on Monday was named the head trainer and physical therapist (PT) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first female head athletic trainer in the history of major professional sports, according to a Major League Baseball article.  

    Falsone became the first female PT in the Major Leagues when she was hired by the Dodgers in 2007 and worked in that role through the 2010 season. In addition to her new responsibilities, she will continue with Athletes' Performance (AP) as vice president of performance physical therapy and team sports and spearhead a new partnership between the Dodgers and AP to build a comprehensive physical development program for all levels of the organization.

    "This is special on so many levels," Falsone said of her appointment. "First, just to be entrusted by an organization like the Los Angeles Dodgers is special. Second, it's surprising it took to 2011 for [a woman named as head trainer] to happen. There are so many women on the high school and college levels that are athletic trainers, it was bound to happen, but it's surprising this is the first time."


    • Congratulations Sue, and may you grow the Dodgers organization to new heights, and get them back to BROOKLYN someday.

      Posted by Harry Green, MPT COMT on 11/3/2011 1:03 PM

    • CONGRATULATIONS SUE! I had the privilege of meeting you and hearing your presentation at the Marina Spine Center on "Spine Injuries in Baseball Players" and know you have the dynamic professionalism and personality to make it happen. Best wishes on your new position!

      Posted by Celeste Bingman, PT on 11/3/2011 3:39 PM

    • Way to go! I find your approach to injury prevention and recovery as refreshing as your approach to life in general! Congratulations!

      Posted by Teresa Schuemann on 11/4/2011 1:11 PM

    • Congratulations Sue! Great for the profession and great for women! All my best to you!

      Posted by Tammy Koch, PT, DPT, MS, CNS, IMTC on 11/4/2011 1:31 PM

    • Congratulations!

      Posted by Brendan Cassidy DPT MSA on 11/4/2011 1:41 PM

    • Best wishes to you in your new position. I commend you for your achievement and hope you will enjoy its rewards for years to come. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example.

      Posted by Marcie Ganson, PT, DPT, MBA on 11/4/2011 2:36 PM

    • Huge accomplishment! Congratulations!

      Posted by Faith Buchanan, PT, DPT on 11/4/2011 4:06 PM

    • CONGRATS Sue --- WELL DONE ! ! !

      Posted by Sharon Held on 11/4/2011 4:25 PM

    • Congratulations!!! You make all your fellow PTs very proud.

      Posted by Pat Traynor PT on 11/4/2011 5:25 PM

    • Congratulations Sue! And thank you for being a thesis advisor for me and Dana Kernan back in 2003 from ASHS. It sounds like a fun and challenging venture. With all due respect, wasn't Sue Hillman, PT, ATC (anatomy teacher at ASHS) the first female trainer in professional sports working for the Pittsburg Steelers...? Keep up the good work.

      Posted by Steve Politis, PT on 11/4/2011 7:51 PM

    • Congrats big time Sue. Ill be in Cali soon. Hopefully I can learn a thing or two from you. I'd be honored.

      Posted by Tiffany Hardison, PT, DPT, SCS on 11/5/2011 1:21 AM

    • Congrats Sue!!!!!! You are an inspiration to me! I am currently in college as an Exercise Science major, and I hope one day to do exactly what you have accomplished!

      Posted by Kelly H on 11/5/2011 12:06 PM

    • Congrats Sue on your accomplishments and innovative collaboration that is sure to help the Dodger organization and raise awareness for all athletes.

      Posted by Tim Spooner PT, FAFS on 11/6/2011 11:13 AM

    • Congratulations! That is exciting. Best wishes. I really hope you still find time to do lectures and seminars!

      Posted by Adriene Aono, PT, DPT on 11/12/2011 1:27 AM

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