Jun 24, 2015Athletic Trainer Hired By FOX Sports To Talk Women’s World Cup Injuries
FOX Sports has hired Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist John Gallucci, Jr. to provide exclusive analysis of injuries in the FIFA Women’s World Cup. In the case of serious injury, Gallucci, the medical coordinator for Major League Soccer and president of JAG Physical Therapy, will even be driven to Fox’s Manhattan studios to appear on camera.
“I’m on a two-hour window,” Gallucci told silive.com. “I haven’t been called yet. 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.”
According to Gallucci, FOX Sports wanted a sports medicine analyst after so many injuries plagued the Men’s World Cup last year. He’ll be on-call for the month that spans the tournament. And while he can’t talk to other news outlets about the health of the U.S. team, he has put the platform to good use, spreading awareness of injury prevention.
“There’s a high incidence of knee injuries in women’s sports,” said Gallucci. “The biomechanics of the female body make women more susceptible. In the last 10 years, we’ve learned more about strengthening the area around the knee, but that information hasn’t reached some of the lower levels.”