Playing Through Groin Injuries – 535

11 month seasons with upwards of 55 games, how does Dr. Mario Cruz and his staff keep their athletes going while making a run towards an MLS Cup Championship?

Learn how Atlanta United manages injuries through a multifaceted approach using modalities and manual therapy as well as communication in order to get the best out of the Five Stripes.

Who is Dr. Mario Cruz?

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Doctor of Physical Therapy/Certified Athletic Trainer

ABPTS Sports Certified Clinical Specialist

Head Athletic Trainer

Atlanta United F.C.

Mario is the sports medicine director for Atlanta United F.C.  

His responsibilities include overseeing and directing all aspects of the medical care, including injury prevention,  evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation, and well-being of all the players in the first team, as well as overseeing proper and similar care for the Atlanta United 2 team and the rest of the teams in the Atlanta United academy system.  

Where else has he worked?

  • Head athletic trainer for Chicago Fire of the MLS.
  • Rehabilitation coordinator at Tennessee Tech University from 2013 to the end of 2015.
  • Mario has provided both physical rehabilitation and athletic training services for a wide range of patients including high school, college, semi-professional and professional athletes.

More about Mario:

Dr. Cruz graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Athletic Training.
Following his graduation from GSU, he attended the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009.
In 2013, he became a Board Certified Sports Specialist through the ABPTS.

How to contact us:

Mario Cruz

Jeremy Jackson

John Ciecko


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