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.
Portland Timbers Head Athletic Trainer Jon MacGregor joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast to discuss functional hamstring progression in soccer athletes.
Pregame huddle with John Jon and Matt
About Jon MacGregor
Jon was named Portland Timber first team's head athletic trainer after spending the past three seasons (2015-2017) with Columbus Crew SC.
MacGregor, a certified and licensed ATC with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training and a master’s degree in sports management, spent the 2017 season as the head athletic trainer for Crew SC after spending the previous two years as the assistant athletic trainer.
Prior to joining Columbus, MacGregor spent four-and-a-half years with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, serving as a first-team athletic trainer and as the head athletic trainer for the club’s residency program.
What does Portland do?
Steal from Aspetar…they have great tools set up so why re-invent the wheel
“LP has been recognized as the industry leader in the sports medicine category and in technical protective wear, and has been well received by sports medical professionals.
Our goal is to design, manufacture and market technically advanced products for injury prevention, injury treatment and performance enhancement to athletes and sports enthusiasts.
Extensive research, innovative design, and our passion for comprehensive protection lead to the creation of LP's CoolPrene® material; as well as the introduction of MaxWrap® that revolutionizes the concept of taping.
Success stories from athletes who have benefited from these innovations inspire us to keep creating high performance protective supports to meet their athletic needs.”
What is new from LP Support?
Compression shorts with seamless tape.
What are some of your favorite products
Compression shorts are one of the more popular product
Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers Society or PSATS is a group of sports medicine professionals working with or desiring to work with professional soccer (or futbol) and their minor league teams. PSATS101 is focused telling the story of PSATS and how we can grow together as professionals.
Who are the guests?
Ron Shinault of the San Jose Earthquakes headlines the intro podcast. John Ciecko gets the low down