Paul A. Ullucci, Jr, C-DSc, DPT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, has been chosen to represent the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) on the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Board. Paul graduated from Northeastern University’s Physical Therapy program in 1991 where he received the prestigious Mary McMillan Scholarship award. Upon graduation, he began working full time in an outpatient clinic in Rhode Island while working part time as an Athletic Trainer and physical therapist at Brown University. He became a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1993 while working as a sports clinical specialist at Braintree Hospital. In 1994, Paul became the Operations Supervisor for Rebound Sports Medicine in Taunton, MA where he supervised 12 certified athletic trainers. During his 8 years at Rebound, Paul worked in 5 regional high school divisions, Massasoit Community College and Stonehill College.
In 1997, Paul became the first Sports Clinical Specialist in the state of Rhode Island, and began work on his first book "Clinical Sports Medicine." He has traveled to Europe twice with the combined Brown and Dartmouth track and field teams and has acted as the medical director for a number of high profile skating and track and field competitions including the 2005 Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships and the East Coast Track and Field Invitationalin Bethesda, MD.
In 2001, Paul opened Ullucci Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy in East Providence, RI while continuing to work part time at Brown University until 2003. USM&PT currently employs a staff of 11, including two Physical Therapists, six Athletic Trainers and a Massage Therapist. Currently USM&PT provides Certified Athletic Trainer Services for five local high school, a local Pop Warner Organization and Brown University.
Paul has presented over 30 lectures to Physicians, Certified Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists and other medical professionals on numerous topics locally and at NATA and EATA annual conferences. In 2004, Paul acted as technical advisor for the DVD Basic Skills Training for ATCs. Acting as a sports medicine content expert, he has been interviewed and quoted in numerous news media reports including radio, television, satellite radio, the Providence Journal, Weight Watchers Magazine and USA Today.
Paul was elected Director of NATA District 1 in 2010, having previously served as District Treasurer and founding representative to the NATAPAC. Paul has served the NATA as a member of NATA’s Honors and Awards Committee for the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award and has served as the President of the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association. Paul has been District 1 representative for the NATA’s Clinical, Industrial Corporate Committee and acted as the Chairman of the Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts Reimbursement and Clinical Athletic Training Committees. Locally Paul has been appointed by the Governor of the state of Rhode Island to the Licensing Board for Athletic Trainers and has served as the chairman of the RIATA government affairs committee. Working with the RIATA, RIOTA and RIAPTA, Paul helped ensure Certified Athletic Trainers will continue to be licensed as healthcare professionals in RI and that they would be allowed to make custom braces, splints and other protective devices within the state of RI.
In 2009 Paul received his DPT degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions and passed his qualifying examination for their Ph’D program in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Beginning in June of 2010, Paul has been working towards completing the research portion of his Ph’D while working on four chapters dealing with ankle injuries in a book to be published by NASM. Paul was awarded the NATA’s Athletic Trainer Service Award in 2010 and acted as the local medical contact for the Rocketts when they visited Rhode Island in 2010. In addition to a busy professional life, Paul lives with his wife, Judy, and three children Victoria, Travers and Harrison. Paul also volunteers as a Assistant Cub Master and Den Leader for Pack 45 in Dighton, MA. Paul enjoys computer programming and wood working in his spare time.
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) is the U.S. National Action Network of the worldwide Bone and Joint Decade, an international collaborative movement sanctioned by the United Nations/World Health Organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for people with musculoskeletal conditions and to advance the understanding, prevention and treatment of these conditions, in short to lessen the burden of musculoskeletal conditions.
The USBJI is a unique, interdisciplinary coalition of organizations. It connects thought leaders, health care professionals, educators, researchers, industry professionals, patients and patient advocates. It develops collaborative programs and activities, and creates forums to exchange information, build partnerships, and develop consensus on issues of common concern to its members and society at large. The USBJI raises the profile and priority of bone and joint health and disease prevention, and supports the advancement and expansion of musculoskeletal care and research through data dissemination, awareness-building programs, education initiatives, and advocacy.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is a Founding Member of the USBJI.
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