Cora Maglaya PT, ATC, CSCS
I am a licensed physical therapist, certified athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist.
My interest in sports medicine began with rehabilitating from my own athletic injuries in college. I was a four year team member and served as the team captain for the nationally ranked University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Dance Team. After suffering an ankle injury, I completed a course of rehabilitation with the team certified athletic trainer. After successful rehab, I was able to continue dancing as served as a dance team member for the Chicago Rockers (Continental Basketball League) and was an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. Overcoming my own personal injuries was so rewarding that it layed down the foundation for selecting my chosen career path, being a dual credentialed certified athletic trainer and physical therapist.
I double majored in both Athletic Training and Kinesiotherapy from UIC. After completion, I attended the physical therapy program at Daemen College in Amherst, NY. After working throughout the Los Angeles area in multiple disciplines, I went on to pursue a Sports Physical Therapist Fellowship in 2006 with Duke University Sports Medicine. The program specializes in Division IA athletics and is the only Sports PT Fellowship Program in the country. There were many nationally ranked NCAA sports and coaches with Olympic coaching backgrounds that I had the opportunity to work with.
I continued on to have other rewarding work experiences. I served as a former physiotherapist for the internationally acclaimed Cirque du Soleil on the South American Tour, as a certified athletic trainer for the University of Southern California Center for Athletic Medicine, and as a physical therapist at the University of California, Los Angeles over the years.
During the spring of 2011, I was recruited as a volunteer to provide event medical coverage for the Junior Olympics National Gymnastics Championship Meet. This sparked a new interest in gymnastics. Since then I had founded a Sports Medicine Program for Broadway Gymnastics in Los Angeles and currently serve as the Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for their competition teams. My continued involvement in club gymnastics includes having served as the Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist on the local, state, regional, and Junior Olympic National competition levels for USAG Gymnastics sanctioned events. I also founded the Sports Medicine Program with Southern California Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Association called Southern California United and serve as the Team Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist.
I was very honored to reach a point in my career to be able to give back. I traveled to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a medical mission team and provided physical therapy services to the earthquake victims. Publications include being featured in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Perspectives Magazine, the Herald Sun, and the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS) Website. I have served as a published author in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, the APTA Orthopedic Section PASIG Website, the APTA SPTS Website, The Rehab Management Magazine and Front Sight Magazine. I am also a published journal photographer and medical illustrator. On the weekends, I can be found at the gun range competing as an avid handgun shooter.
It is with great pleasure and honor I join the Center for Physical Health, working with an inspiring staff of practitioners that make an innovative cutting-edge healthcare team.