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Cora Maglaya 

Founder/Director of Sports Medicine at Gymnastics Olympica USA
Founder/Director of Sports Medicine at The Rise Gym
Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist | SoCal Men’s Collegiate Gymnastics Association


Cora Maglaya is a licensed & sports fellowship trained physical therapist, certified athletic trainer and NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. She specializes in gymnastics sports medicine and is the owner of two gymnastics physical therapy private practices in Southern California. She is the Founder and Director of Sports Medicine at Gymnastics Olympica USA in Santa Clarita/Los Angeles and The RISE Gym in Hawthorne/Los Angeles.

A third private practice she previously owned was located at Waller’s GymJam Academy under the leadership of Raj Bhavsar/Head Boys Coach, prior to the gym closing down. (Wallers’ GymJam Academy was owned by former UCLA Head Women’s Coach, Chris Waller.) Cora also is the founder and Head Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist for the GymACT collegiate men’s team, Southern California United, and has serviced the GymACT organization since its inception.

Highlights from gymnastics athletic training coverage includes having previously served as the Medical Director for Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships, Pre-Tour Rehearsals for the Simone Biles Gold Over America Tour, the Sam Mikulak Clinic, Region 1 Championships, and Men’s Western Championships. International experience includes touring with Cirque du Soleil as a physiotherapist in South America providing medical care for all athletes including former Olympic gymnasts from multiple countries. Cora has serviced Region 1 Men’s Gymnastics for over 10 years and has covered multiple local, state, and regional championships.

She is a former staff athletic trainer for the University of Southern California Center for Athletic Medicine. She also served as a physical therapist at the University of California, Los Angeles and other Los Angeles based clinics.

Cora attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where she completed her dual undergraduate degrees in both Athletic Training and Kinesiotherapy. She completed her physical therapy degree from Daemen College in Amherst, NY. Her Sports Physical Therapist Fellowship training was completed at Duke University specializing in Division I athletics. She has been featured in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Perspectives Magazine, the Herald Sun, and the APTA Sports Physical Therapy Section (SPTS) Website. She is a published author in the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, APTA Orthopedic Section PASIG Website, the APTA SPTS Website, The Rehab Management Magazine, Physical Therapy Products Magazine, and Front Sight Magazine. Her athletic achievements include having served as the dance team captain for the nationally ranked University of Illinois at Chicago Dance Team with televised performances on ESPN.

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