Adam Loiacono on the Need for Systems, Values and Processes

Adam Loiacono is the Director of Rehabilitation for the Phoenix Suns. His decade-long career in professional sports includes working as a Performance Therapist for the Atlanta Hawks and serving in various roles for the NBA, MLS, and NWSL.

Equipped with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree, Adam blends his experience from sports science, performance training, and physical therapy to manage and monitor the wellbeing of various populations in sports, from youth athletes to professional sports teams.

Adam joins me today to discuss the challenges he has faced working in professional team sports. He explains why he joined the Phoenix Suns despite his hesitations about going back to team sports.

He highlights the importance of building team dynamics and camaraderie and explores the process of building a performance team from the ground up.

He also illustrates what it’s like to work with professional athletes and explains why rehabilitating an athlete is not merely like passing a baton from the athletic trainer to the physical therapist.


When you get into sports, you have to take it upon yourself to learn true performance and training principles. – Adam Loiacono


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • The challenges of working in team sports and what enticed Adam to join the Phoenix Suns team
  • Cultivating team dynamics and camaraderie
  • The importance of building training systems versus giving out random trendy workouts
  • Why physical therapy gets a bad rap and how a rehab professional can develop their systems and processes
  • Why aspiring coaches and physical therapists need to get exposure as much as they can
  • How the athletic development process has evolved over the years
  • How access to information allowed people to bridge gaps between professions in sports science
  • Smoothing transitions in program design
  • What life is like working around professional athletes
  • The importance of respect and trust and the benefits of team diversity


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