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Academy Happy Hour - The growing role of physical therapists with human performance teams within the Army
Zoom Meeting - Details online
Zionsville, INDIANA 46077
United States
Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM EST
Category: Academy Events

Members of the Academy come together online via Zoom for a virtual Happy Hour with a focus on a special topic(s) sourced by you -- the members. Join from your home office or living room where the only rule is to just be comfortable. After that, there are no limits. Expect engaging conversations and opportunities to connect with new people across the nation!  Registration is required.


The growing role of physical therapists with human performance teams within the Army


Military, law enforcement, fire, and rescue organizations have largely embraced the tactical athlete moniker.  Within the military especially, this has led to initiatives to employ similar professional resources used with traditional athletes in an effort to improve the health, physical performance, and rapid access to medical care.  In an effort to address the human performance and health needs of Soldiers, the Army has launched a large initiative to incorporate human performance teams into units and closer to the place where Soldiers work and train.  These teams also help to mitigate and rapidly rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries; a leading cause of lost duties days.  Physical therapists play a large role on these multi-disciplinary human performance teams.  The Army is investing heavily in these human performance teams in order to improve the readiness and occupational effectiveness of Soldiers.  This presentation will discuss the concepts behind this initiative, the roles of physical therapists on these human performance teams, and potential career opportunities, and areas of future consideration for physical therapists.


  1. Understand the role of physical therapists as part of human performance teams serving tactical athletes.
  2. Understand the investment by the Army in physical therapists to help address the readiness needs of soldiers and the organization.
  3. Become familiar with some potential areas of need and professional growth for physical therapists serving the Army.


LTC Joseph Kardouni, PT, PhD, SCS, OCS
Dr. Josheph Kardouni

Dr. Joseph Kardouni serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.  His educational background and training includes a clinical doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) and a PhD in biomechanics.  Dr. Kardouni is a Clinical Operations Officer for U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), where he is currently an Action Officer for the Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) program, as well as a consultant to the FORSCOM Surgeon on issues related to human performance, musculoskeletal injury, and rehabilitation.  Prior to coming to FORSCOM, Dr. Kardouni served as the Director of Human Performance Optimization for XVIII Airborne Corps.  His career also includes 5 years as a Research Director at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental medicine (USARIEM), 4 years as the lead physical therapist for 3rd Special Forces Group, a year as the Chief of Rehabilitation Services in Kuwait, and multiple tours in support of combat operations in the Middle East.  Dr. Kardouni is certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as both a Sports Clinical Specialist and an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and he has authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed publications in medical and human performance journals.

Contact: Jayme Little - [email protected]aaspt.org