Ep. 184 Chaser – Sue Falsone on Dry Needling and Rehabilitation for Professional Athletes


On Tap:

In this episode Jimmy speaks with Sue Falsone live from CSM 2017.   We learn about dry needling, her journey to becoming the first female head athletic trainer in professional sports and how sommelier training can show us that little sips of knowledge from other profession will improve our practice.

Bio: Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, RYT

Sue received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. She then went on to earn her master’s in human movement science, with a sports medicine concentration from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After working for Athletes’ Performance for 13 years, she went on to work for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 6 years last serving as head athletic trainer and physical therapist. She is the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA). She has also served as Head of Athletic Training and Sport Performance with US Soccer’s Men’s National Team. She is the owner of Structure & Function, a consulting and education business for healthcare clinicians as well as a consulting company for athletes. Sue is also an associate professor in athletic training at A.T. Still University.

Twitter: @suefalsone OR @sfdryneedling



Episode 183 Shoutouts

Sean Bardenett, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

The Three Signs of a Miserable Job: A Fable for Managers (And Their Employees)

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable

Andre Labbe PT, MOMT

Episode 183 Highlights

(2:05) “When did you start dry needling and why?

(3:03) “Every modality is not for every person”

(6:01) What’s a day in the life of a head athletic trainer for a professional sports team? What are you doing on game days/ on non-game days?

(6:07) There are 162 games over the course of 183 days

(9:03) “It’s noon to midnight if everything goes right”

(9:42) How big is a typical major league baseball medical staff? Who are the everyday people?

(11:44) There’s so many different things you can needle. You can needle anything locally, active trigger points, passive trigger points, fascial points, spinal segments, peripheral nerve pathways.

(14:42) If you could be a PT anywhere in the country, where would it be?

(15:24) What’s something that you are reading or have recently read?

(16:20) Who is someone in the field of physical therapy that we should know more about

(17:00) What is your book about and what inspired you to write a book?

(18:20) Bridging the Gap From Rehab to Performance. “The book is about how to take someone from table to field, what are all the parts in between without having to “drink the Kool-Aid” of any one particular school of thought” Expected to be published at the beginning of Summer 2017.

(18:38) Sue is training to be a sommelier (wine expert thing)


“Do not limit your learning to the letters that people have after their names. I’ve learned so much from strength coaches, nutritionists, chiropractors, massage therapists.”


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