Dr. Calloway spent part of February and March in La Manga, Spain, where he served as head team physician for the U.S Women’s Under-18 National Soccer Team. Last fall he was the physician for the Women’s Under-19 National Team at a tournament in Duyun, China.
“For me, the challenge is I’m the one doctor, not just an orthopedic surgeon,” said Calloway, a former soccer player who practices with Franciscan Physician Network Orthopedic Specialists. “There, I take care of the whole athlete. Whether it’s for concussion, cough and cold or sports psychology, you’re the one they talk to. You’re responsible for making sure everyone stays safe.”
Calloway, who plays in two indoor recreational leagues, said he enjoys the challenge of supporting the athletes so they achieve their goals at the high school level and beyond. “Helping them make the transition from high school to college is worthwhile to me and to the players as well.
While completing his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship in Santa Monica, California, he served as assistant team physician for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Pepperdine University and several high schools.
“I played soccer in high school and intramurals in college,” Calloway said. “Soccer is called the ‘world’s game’ for a reason. It is a team sport that emphasizes group over self. My passion for soccer has allowed me to experience new places, new cultures, and, maybe most importantly, keeps me off the couch!”