The Athletic & Personal Development program (IPI) had the pleasure of hosting Japanese professional soccer player Osama Elsamni for athletic rehabilitation. The 23-year-old striker spent the past several months recovering from a groin injury before arriving at IMG's campus in Bradenton, Florida, in June to complete his recovery process. This is the first time that IMG has been Elsamni's venue of choice for rehabilitation. Elsamni suffered a similar groin injury over a year ago, but sought treatment in Italy. Rather than returning to Italy as a destination rehab location, Elsamni decided on IMG because of its world-renowned facilities and experienced performance staff. In addition, his fellow Japanese professional athletes who have traveled to IMG for athletic rehabilitation recommended it as their top choice for physical therapy.
Thanks to IPI's physical therapist Graeme Lauriston, head athletic trainer Patrick Tanner, and performance coaches Shaakira Hassell and Phillip Wallin, Elsamni was put through an intensive rehab program. He adhered to a specific schedule consisting of speed and physical conditioning as well as core strength sessions that were tailored specifically to his needs. In addition, Elsamni made advances in his recovery through the use of the hyperbaric chamber, which decreases healing time by increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. Finally, Elsamni attended Total Athlete courses including mental toughness, nutrition, and vision in order to receive a well-rounded rehabilitation experience.
Getting to know Osama:
Elsamni always dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player. His determination to succeed at the sport now drives his physical therapy. His positive attitude, strong work ethic, and eagerness to improve were his most noticeable characteristics during his time at IMG and at times, even contagious. Along with his personality, the steps to recovery that Elsamni took at IMG created a combination that will help propel his career as a professional soccer player.
Elsamni was born in Japan in 1988 to an Egyptian father and Japanese mother, both of whom were sports enthusiasts. He first started playing soccer when he was five years old and immediately fell in love with the game. Along with his passion, he had many role models to look up to and help him achieve his goals. His older brother, Ali, played for several club teams in Japan and his father, Ibrahim, was a member of Egypt's national team.
Elsamni began his playing career with Tokyo Verdy and quickly attracted the attention of larger organizations. At age 20, he started playing for FK Teplice in the Czech Republic. It was with FK Teplice that he has his fondest memory of playing professional soccer. As Elsmani explains, three minutes into his first game appearance, as well as his first touch of the ball, he made an assist to his teammate to help FK Teplice defeat FK Viktoria Plzen 3-0. Elsamni cannot forget how the crowd cheered and celebrated in the stands. The love he felt by his fans is a feeling that he will never forget.
Elsamni continued his career playing for FK Teplice until 2010, when his contracted ended. Following his time in Europe, he returned home to Japan and signed a two-year contract with Japanese club, Montedio Yamagata, his favorite because he was able to reside in his home country. However, due to his injury, Elsamni was released from his contract early, allowing him to travel to IMG for his recovery.
Following his three-week stay at IMG, Elsamni will return home to his native Japan to begin training for upcoming club team tryouts. More than anything, he is excited to getting back to his favorite part of the game, which is scoring goals. He cannot wait to hear the crowd enthusiastically cheer âgoal, goal, goal!â and to call his name. Most importantly, he hopes to use his knowledge that he has gained from IMG for both on and off the field to become the best athlete that he can be, along with the hopes of one day fulfilling his dream of playing for Italy.