We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Quigley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
The worlds of Sports and Entertainment are staples in the cultures and communities across the globe. The individuals who put in this tireless effort, years of mental and physical stress, and live lives of committed action are those who I work with. If we as humans allow our skillsets to support each other in achieving our goals and aspirations, the journey along the way becomes just that much simpler. This is how community is built. That’s what I do. I work with these artists, athletes, and entertainers to support them in their “on- and off-field/stage, etc.” lives by treating their soreness and injuries while providing movement and wellness management techniques. Ultimately, making their “Wow, I feel great today!” Day, more common than not. By doing so, they feel supported and able to perform at their best every day, to entertain millions, and to truly express themselves without any physical or mental limitations.
I also volunteer through my company’s BLV in You Initiative with other groups of underserved athletic populations such as dancers, local sports leagues, and most recently traveling to Ireland for the World U21 Men’s Lacrosse Championships with Israel Lacrosse.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business really began when I noticed the streamlined care athletes are given and that the world of performance and entertainment are not. After my own soccer playing career and becoming a Certified Athletic Trainer, I spent years learning and working with various athletes at USC Gamecocks Football, New Orleans Saints, San Antonio FC, US Soccer, and LA Galaxy. Throughout these years, I happened to meet a lot of people in music and entertainment while volunteering at an International Jewish youth-group convention, hosted by BBYO. At this convention, basically a SXSW type event for the world’s leading Jewish teen leaders, I hosted the talented performers and speakers ahead of concerts and large speaking plenaries for thousands of people. It was one specific musician who had just completed a world tour and had suffered an injury during it, effecting the entire run of the show. Their manager heard that I was an Athletic Trainer for NFL and top soccer athletes, and requested that I evaluate the injury and provide some modifications for on-stage performance.
This is when I realized, “wow, I can’t believe there isn’t an easy solution to have this person evaluated and treated while on tour.” I didn’t see this as a star-stuck moment to work with a celebrity, but more so a struggling patient who requested my support so they could perform pain-free on stage. This is something I feel sets me apart. I am able to relate to a variety of people due to my diverse upbringing and contextual awareness across industries. I don’t look at the situation as “I get to work with Chicharito, one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game”, I see the young father who is looking to perform at his best to provide for himself, his family, friends, and supporters.
With that being said, the treatment and wellness management process is a collaboration, not just what I say goes. There are so many moving parts in peoples’ lives that I may not be aware of. So learning the context of their care plan, having open lines of clear communication, and standardizing care to conceptual processes so progressions are carefully measured and not left up to chance. Everyone has to feel heard and seen in the programming.
Everyone struggles and has pain, and they can 100% utilize the skillset of an Athletic Trainer and Recovery Specialist like myself, but they don’t always know how, nor that we even exist!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I absolutely love hosting friends and even friends of friends to show them all that LA life has to offer. I always love starting a day with movement, so a workout in West Hollywood at Health House and Rumble does the job. My favorite way to get outside is with a hike up Tuna Canyon and eating healthy at Juicy Ladies afterwards. If we are celebrating (even just celebrating good taste buds), I’ll go to Otium in DTLA for a spectacular dinner and incredibly hospitable experience from Chef Tim Hollingsworth and his wife Caroline.
The other things I love to share are the various talents that call LA home with different musical acts, catching a football match at LA Galaxy, LAFC, or Angel City FC, or having a laugh at a comedy clubs to see my friend, the up-and-coming Marquez Acuna. If I need to disconnect and recover, I’ll stop by Pause Wellness Studio to contrast between infrared saunas and cold tubs to find mindfulness and relaxation in the crazy world we live in. I’m a big soccer player myself in either the Tiki-Taka soccer league or “The League” hosted in DTLA at the state of the art Srgn Studios curated by “The Shoe Surgeon”. It’s one of the most unique indoor soccer leagues I’ve ever seen bridging sport and culture all in one. The coolest thing I’ve found about LA is that everyone takes pride in their favorite places, so asking someone about the next place you should go is always a fun game.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The most impactful relationships I have held throughout my years in Sports and Performance Medicine have been with the athletes and performers who’ve trusted in me with their bodies and livelihood. I do not take on this task lightly. Nor do I mean they’ve “trusted me with their lives”. What I do mean, is that if a pro soccer player or musician has an injury or issue that requires my support to get them back to sprinting full speed or being able to jump off a piano at their performance, there’s a journey of trust that lies ahead. I learn more about myself, about them, and about the movement of life through our crafts to go the great lengths of reaching our goals.
Athletes such as, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Sebastian Lletget, and Mark Ingram II, as well as musicians, Justin Jesso, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Ashton Irwin, amongst a long list of others, have trusted in me to support them to be pain-free, performing at their best, and eliminating any limitations holding their lives back. Because of our time together, they’ve shown me what works and doesn’t work as a health-care clinician, and how important and precious life really is… that our day-to-day practices and choices really do culminate in something beautiful, if we choose to make it so.
Robert Mora, Jon Lorentz and BLV Performance Therapy, LLC