Ed Ryan has supported athletes at the highest level as Medical Director for the USOC, head athletic trainer for USA Basketball, and most recently with the US Tennis Association’s National Academy. But it was a long road to get there. On this episode of the GAINcast, Ryan joins us to reflect on his career, influences, and lessons learned along the way.
Notes and quotes
Ed Ryan serves The Andrews Institute as the Director of Athletic Medicine providing service to the US Tennis Association’s National Campus. Ryan joined the USTA partnership in October 2016 to lead the athletic medicine program. Prior to joining the Andrews Institute, Ryan served as the 2007-16 USA Basketball Women’s National Team athletic trainer and medical services coordinator for all USA Basketball teams. He was also worked for decades with the USOC in various roles including Medical Director and head athletic trainer for numerous events, including the Winter Olympics, Summer Olympics, Winter Paralympics, and the Pan American Games.
Background and influences
- 4:00 – Education and formative years
- 11:00 – Starting graduate work: “Teaching is all about me delivering a message and also you learning that message. “
- 18:30 – International experience and starting with USA Basketball and the USOC.
- 27:30 – Transitioning to tennis.
Reflecting on a career
- 30:00 – Learning from mistakes: “You need base return to play based on someone’s functional capabilities, not the calendar. The calendar gets most people into trouble. “
- 33:45 – The value of relationships: “Have a strong relationship and being honest and transparent with people will help you better utilize the resources on your team. “
- 36:30 – Defining athletic medicine vs. sports medicine: “Athletic medicine focuses on athletes that compete, not just participate. “
- 44:00 – An athletic trainer’s viewpoint on changes in athlete preparation over the past few decades.
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- Check out our latest book Training Talk: Conversations with a Dozen Master Coaches for more in-depth insights on training from some of the world’s top coaches and don’t forget to join HMMR Plus to get full access to our video, article, and podcast archive here on HMMR Media.
- Ryan is also a longtime GAIN member and faculty member. You can reach out to him on Twitter at @ryaneatc.
- You can learn more about the USTA National Campus here.
- Ed was one of several coaches and support staff of Olympic champions that took part in a roundtable discussion at GAIN 2018. That conversation was broadcast as GAINcast 125.
- We also looked at athletic training and sports medicine topics on GAINcast 49 with Bill Knowles, GAINcast 45 with Randy Ballard, and HMMR Podcast Episode 172 with Grace Golden.