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?
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.
Brian Goodstein aka Goody, is the Head AT for DC united and joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast at the Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers' Society PSATS annual meeting to discuss Hamstring Injuries.
As a former Strength and Conditioning Coach and Director of Sports Performance at Metro Orthopedic and Sports Therapy, “Goody” is well versed in early stage rehab as well as late stage return to play for most injuries.
Likewise, Brian served one term as vice president and president of PSATS.
Similarly he was a member of the MLS Advisory Committee, and currently serves on the MLS policy and procedures committee, MLS concussion committee, and is on the editorial board for Training and Conditioning Magazine.
Moreover, In 2007 and 2004, he was honored as the MLS Athletic Trainer of the Year.
This is the first in a series of Hamstring injuries podcasts.
So what are we talking about?
Lower leg, hamstring and groin injuries can plague a season for both athletes and teams alike in the MLS. Brian Goodstein, head athletic trainer for DC United shares with us early intervention strategies and early stage rehab considerations.
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