Adam Loiacono on Coaching and Culture Across Professional Sport

Adam Loiacono, PT, DPT, CSCS is a physical therapist and performance coach with 10 years’ experience in sport. Adam has worked with various populations including men, women, and youth athletes. His experiences thus far have included opportunities in the NBA, MLS, and NWSL in various roles including rehabilitation, performance coaching, sport science, and a sport coach.

While Adam was a previous guest way back in episode 54, he’s had some really cool experiences since then, and I knew it was time to get him back on.

In this show, Adam and I talk about working in both the NBA and MLS, the differences he sees between the two leagues, and why there are more similarities than differences when it comes to developing athletes in youth and pro sports.

Show Outline

Here’s a brief overview of what we covered in this week’s show:

  • Show Intro:
  • Interview with Adam:
    • Adam’s background, and what he’s been up to lately.
    • What’s new in his world, including his recent time in the NBA.
    • His experience in the NBA, what his day-to-day responsibilities looked like, and how it was different that previous positions.
    • Adam’s thoughts on cultural differences he’s noticed between soccer and basketball.
    • The logistical differences he’s seen between the NBA and MLS, and how that impacts both work and day-to-day life.
    • His thoughts on the differences (as well as the numerous similarities) between professional and youth sports.
    • THE ONE piece of advice he’d give to a new coach or therapist to get them started on the right foot.
    • A really fun lightning round where we talk about Hawaii, the books he’s reading, the athlete that has stood out the most to him, and what’s next for Adam Loiacono (hint – he’s a free agent!)

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