The 7th Annual SLU Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony Announces its Featured Speaker

Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, was recently announced as the featured speaker for the annual Saint Louis University Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony this spring. The event is presented by the SLU chapter of Iota Tau Alpha, the national Athletic Training honor society; SLU Athletic Training Society (SLATS); and SLU Student Government Association.

Sue Falsone

Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT

Falsone is the owner and founder of Structure and Function Education – an education company dedicated to bridging the gap from rehab to performance - as well as the owner of Falsone Consulting. Falsone’s presentation, Live a Major League Life, On and Off the Field, will take place Monday, February 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Huh Auditorium in the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University.

 Prior to starting her own business, Falsone became the first female Head Athletic Trainer in any of the four major sports in the United States (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) when she accepted the position of Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In addition to her time with the Dodgers, Falsone has also worked with the US Soccer Men’s National Team; presented at state, national and international levels; and served on advisory boards of multiple organizations.

 As the keynote speaker of the Athletic Training Speaker Series, Falsone will speak to students about career pathways, short and long-term goals and creating opportunities to reach the goals that they want to achieve. She hopes that the audience will walk away from her presentation understanding that major life decisions and milestones do not typically happen overnight.

 “I think that students often feel like they have to have it all figured out before they graduate – where they want to be, what type of setting they want to be in, what city they should live, etc.,” Falsone said. “While it is good to have ideas of what you want to do, it is sometimes just as valuable to know what you don’t want to do. Your path will become clearer as you weed out things that are not right for you at that moment. Sometimes the best opportunities present themselves when you are not adhered to a strict life plan.”

 Falsone went on to discuss the winding nature of her own career path and what motivated her to transition into owning her own business.

 “Everyone goes through transitions of wanting to work for themselves and working for others,” Falsone said. “I love working with organizations and still do in a different capacity than I did before. Working for myself gives me the freedom to take on different projects and impact a larger audience through education.”

 After the speaker, there will be a panel discussion expanding upon the topics addressed by the keynote speaker. The panel will include: Saint Louis University Assistant Professor the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Lisa Dorsey, Ph.D., MBA, PT; former professional basketball player and Olympic volleyball player Kristin Folkl-Kaburakis; and Saint Louis University Associate Professor in CSB Management Tassos Kaburakis, Ph.D.

 Saint Louis University Athletic Training Program Director Anthony Breitbach, PhD, ATC, is very excited about the opportunity to bring such an event to the community.

 “We are fortunate to have an outstanding health professional such as Sue Falsone and the distinguished panel members presenting on such important topics,” Dr. Breitbach said. “The experience will serve to inspire our students, our faculty and the greater St. Louis community.”

 The 7th Annual Athletic Training Speaker Series and Recognition Ceremony, supported by the SLU Student Government Association, is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call (314) 977-8561 or email atep@health.slu.edu.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.