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Wilmington’s James Hashimoto helps injured players rehab for prestigious World Cup play.
The fate of the United States in this month’s World Cup soccer tournament could depend on the talents of Wilmington’s James Hashimoto.
The physical therapist is the U.S. Men’s National Team’s head rehabilitation trainer and some of the country’s top players have traveled to Delaware to rehab under his care. Stars from the current roster who’ve visited Hashimoto include Clint Dempsey, Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies. “Back in the day the players would stay in my guest room,” Hash says. “Most guys who come are rehabbing after a surgical procedure.”
Hashimoto, 43, has been with the U.S. soccer program since he earned his master’s in physical therapy from UD in 1991. He succeeded fellow Blue Hens alum Andrew Rudawsky as the National Team’s head trainer in 1998, but left that role last year. The switch means less traveling, which allows Hashimoto to focus on his private practice, Elite PT in Wilmington, which he runs with Rudawsky.
“I’m not making the trip this time,” says Hashimoto, who would have worked his fifth World Cup. “All my friends think I’m nuts.”
Hashimoto has drawn much praise for his work with Davies, who was seriously injured in a car crash last fall. Davies has titanium rods implanted in his left leg and metal plates in his face and left elbow. Still, thanks in part to Hashimoto, Davies may be able to play when the World Cup begins June 11. “I just talked to Charlie,” Hashimoto said in mid-April. “He’s back in France and ready to train. His story is amazing.” —Drew Ostroski
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