Ciara Burgi – Houston Texans Return-to-Play Philosophy (Return to Performance Lead Houston Texans NFL)

Episode 122: Dr Andy McDonald chats to Physical Therapist Ciara Burgi PT DPT SCS OCS, FAAOMPT CSCS. Ciara is a Duke educated PT who has continued her professional training at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Australian Catholic University prior to working at the Houston Texans NFL team, where she has been since 2020. 

Topics Discussed 

  • Should Physical Therapists do sport residencies?
  • How the Texans department is philosophically organised
  • How Physios and S&C Coaches can collaborate effectively 
  • Houston Texans rehab process for ACL & hamstring RTP examples

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Andy is the Host / Co-Founder of Inform Performance and a dual qualified Physiotherapist / Strength & Conditioning Coach. Andy is based in Philadelphia & works for Total Performance who provide a multi-faceted, elite level diagnostic, rehabilitation and performance service. Delivered by a team of world leading specialists to organisations in the NBA, NFL, English Premier League, the LTA and England Rugby.