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Stony Brook Discuss Amputee Soccer With Dr. Eric Lamberg & Dr. James Pierre-Glaude


When Eric Lamberg went on a mission trip to Les Cayes, Haiti, as a physical therapist in 2012, he had no idea that he was about to discover a deep passion that would be driving him more than 10 years later.
He saw some people playing in a nearby field, and that was the first time he saw amputee soccer. Lamberg, a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and associate dean for the School of Health Professions, who has played soccer since he was five and continues to play in adult leagues, was immediately hooked. “When I returned home, I looked up the American Amputee Soccer Association and began to work with them,” said Lamberg.
Lamberg’s first task as part of the association was to identify potential players. In 2014, he joined the association’s board of directors and was later named head coach of the U.S. National Amputee Soccer Team. At that point, realizing he would need some help to get to the next level, he reached out to James Pierre-Glaude, one of his former students, who had just returned to Stony Brook as a faculty member.
Pierre-Glaude, now a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy — who is both an athletic trainer and a physical therapist — was the perfect choice. He accompanied Lamberg to the World Cup tournament in Mexico in 2014, and, like Lamberg before him, was all in.

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