Orthopedic surgeon Sean Calloway, MD, returned to the game he loved this spring.
Dr. Calloway spent part of February and March in La Manga, Spain, where he served as head team physician for the US Women's Under-18 National Soccer Team. It was his second round as head team physician for USA Soccer; last fall he was the head team physician for the (US) Women's Under-19 National Team at an international tournament in Duyun, China.
"For me, the challenge is I'm the one doctor, not just an orthopedic surgeon," said Dr. Calloway, a former soccer player who practices with Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists in Indianapolis. "There, I take care of the whole athlete. Whether it's for concussion, cough and cold, or sports psychology, you're the one they talk to. You're responsible for making sure everyone stays safe."
Dr. Calloway also enjoys the challenge of supporting the teen athletes so they achieve their goals at the high school levels and beyond.
"Helping them make the transition from high school to college is worthwhile to me, and to the players as well," he said.
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Prior to joining Franciscan Physician Network last fall, Dr. Calloway completed his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship in Santa Monica, California, with the Kerlan-Jobe Institute. While there, he served as assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), Pepperdine University, and several local high schools. He also worked with the USA Men's and Women's National Soccer Programs.
Serving as a team physician brought him back to a game he loved.
"I played soccer in high school and intramurals in college," Dr. Calloway said. "Soccer is called the 'World’s Game' for a reason. It is a team sport that emphasizes group over self. My passion for soccer has allowed me to experience new places, new cultures, and, maybe most importantly, keeps me off the couch!"
Still, Dr. Calloway enjoys his brief assists with the game. He currently plays in two indoor recreational leagues and was happy to assist in training sessions during the youth women's international tournaments. "They'd stick me in their scrimmage and say, 'Doc, stand there and don't hurt anyone.'"