U.S. Air Force Major Randy Green ’84, serving at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Col., has a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is board certified in orthopedic and sports physical therapy. He sent Web Extra these photos and an update.
During Basic Cadet Training, I field deployed for thirty-five days. In that time, I examined and treated over 660 cadets — 99 percent were able to return to and finish their training. The photo shows me wrapping a cadet’s hand. He had palmar blisters and needed to protect them when crawling on the ground and climbing obstacles.
Major Green in tent at Jack’s Valley (Site of Basic Cadet Training)
In this photo, we are celebrating our new $382,000 Physical Therapy Clinic. The painted falcon on the wall is testament to our “warrior” spirit. Left to right: SSgt Matt Bowen, SSgt Nathan McAlister, SrA Ken Schroeder, Maj Randy Green, A1C Diane Healy, SSgt Ed Trias, Capt John McGee
When I first arrived at the United States Air Force Academy, the PT Clinic was literally a “cave” — no ceiling, bare cement floors, unfinished walls, and tired-looking equipment and office furniture. In just a year and a half, I sparked interest and got funding to completely renovate the clinic. I added some cool innovations: a special sport flooring with built-in agility symbols for rehab, a $65,000 aquatic treadmill to rehabilitate cadets with stress fractures or limitations from knee or shoulder surgery, and a nine-foot center ceiling for agility and throwing drills are just a few of the new additions. The USAFA Cadet PT Clinic is now one of the premier sports medicine PT clinics in the military.