Youth Soccer vs Pro Considerations – 544

Kurt Andrews returns to the Sports Medicine Broadcast in-person at #PSATS2019 to discuss Youth Soccer considerations.

Soccer is the most popular sport

At my school we have more kids playing soccer than any other sport. It is the one program that actually needs to make cuts to maintain a manageable size.

Here at the high school kids are playing for pretty much free. a pair of cleats and their own practice clothes and they is it.

The problem comes when they are playing weekend club tournaments that they pay money to be on the team. These teams do not provide medical care. They often do not employ fully-competent coaches.

Where does that leave us?

Our district policy is we as AT treat Athletic Injuries that occurred as a direct result from high school sports participation

Got hurt at home playing with your brother…
Car accident…
Club team injury…
Basically anything that happened outside of school sanctioned athletics…

You most go to a doctor first and be cleared before we can treat you.

Kurt Andrews joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast to answer some of the following questions

How often do Pro players

  • Practice?
  • Play games?
  • Receive medical attention
  • Spend time recovering
  • Spend time away from the sport

What medical consideration should youth soccer players / parents / Athletic Trainers be prepared to address?

Does all the extra practice, games, drills really help you improve your chances of reaching the pros?

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Ivan Pierra Best AT in LA Galaxy – 541

What Keeps Ivan Pierra going?

Get to know PSATS member Ivan Pierra

  • First AT with the LA Galaxy
  • 10+ years with LA
  • Director of Sports Science
  • Participated in 4 world cup games as an AT

So what keeps Ivan Pierra coming to work?

One of most ATs favorite parts is the relationships. Ivan is no different

Locker room talk and ribbing is part of the job. If I trip in front of everyone i expect the kids to tease me about it for the next few days.

If you do something really awesome they should know and give you a hard time about it…if that is the way you go about business.

His number one negative…

Time away from FAMILY

Sometimes he can bring family on the trips but as an AT for pro-soccer you do not have any real free time except bedtime.

So during those times where you are able to escape or steal away even a few hours to invest in your family do it.

How has PSATS grown?

PSATS was not even around when he started. he has seen it grow from ATs who would see each other only at games to a small group gathering to the huge growing success it is today

How can you contact Ivan?

Email Ivan

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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?

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.

How to contact us:

Mario Cruz

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Functional Hamstring Progression – 528

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

  • Extender – supine 90
  • Diver – RDL
  • Slider – Eccentric loaded exercise
  • Functional RTP including FMS and Y-Balance
  • Spartan Jump testing
  • Bridge testing
  • Barcelona Protocol

They also use these for recovery

  • Pilates
  • Floatation
  • Cryotherapy

Get your athlete in each day

Use the athlete as a gauge

How do you keep a player engaged

Set up a culture of Sports Medicine

No phones in the AT Clinic

No phone in the gym

What is PSATS to YOU?

  • A great way to build community.
  • We are on the same journey and are able to understand the situations.
  • Kind of like a brotherhood
  • Great way to learn and socialize

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Who is Chris Rumsey? – 524

Houston Dynamo Head AT Chris Rumsey

About Chris

Christopher Rumsey joined the Houston Dynamo sports medicine team in July 2016, coming from Oregon State University where he primarily covered men’s soccer.

He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Capital University in Columbus, OH and his master’s degree in science in sports medicine from Oregon State University.

Chris has experience at all levels of soccer as an athletic trainer and was a four year letterwinner on the soccer team in college.

Why is Rumsey involved in PSATS?




Professional Duty to improve

What Keeps You coming to work?

I work outside with sports. If working 9-5 inside daily is your happy place then more power to you. But for Chris it is torture.

Being from the Pacific Northwest Chris loves to be outside.

What is the hardest part of being an MLS AT?

Longest professional sports season

Favorite way to take a break?

Chris Rumsey is an outdoor guy. Really anything outdoros will do, but to really get away he heads back home.

He still needs to explore some more of Europe too.

Chris Rumsey; PSATS 2019; Dynamo; Houston

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Chris Rumsey – @crumseyatc

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Recovery Pump by RPSports – 521

I want a Recovery Pump

These things are awesome. 

There are lots of uses for the recovery pump by RP Sports

  • Flushing muscles after intense workouts
  • Getting rid of soreness
  • Reducing swelling
  • Helping the body parts feel fresh and new
RPSports; Recovery Pump; RP Sports; Brian; Carberry; Pure Flow
Probably when i first heard of passive cardio from Pure Flow

Who should get one?

These are very useful tools for almost anyone.

  • You
  • Your Athletes
  • Your pregnant self / wife (with doctors consent)
  • and… even your horse

What reasons would you not want a RPSports product?

You do not want a hygienic product.

You're no interested in recovery

Sequential overlapping pressure is not your thing

20 – 100 mmHg is not a wide enough range

How can you get your own?

Use the code PSATS10 to save 10% off all Recovery Pump purchases until July 1 2019

Contact Us

John Ciecko

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LP Support – PSATS – 518

LP Support, Farhan

Who is LP Support

“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.

Continued innovation

What are some of your favorite products

Compression shorts are one of the more popular product

Contact LP support


Call – 18009791932

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Speaking of Support…

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PSATS 101 – 511

New to PSATS?

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.

PSATS 101; PSATS101; Ron Shinault

Who are the guests?

Ron Shinault of the San Jose Earthquakes headlines the intro podcast.
John Ciecko gets the low down

What are some of the key points?

On the PSATS101 podcast we discuss…

  • Who can join
  • Requirements
  • Goals
  • Mission
  • Opportunities to serve

Where are podcasting from?

The beautiful JW Marriott Grande Lakes Orlando is host to the annual PSATS conference and meeting.

John Ciecko and I sharing the knowledge of our colleagues working primarily with one sport athletes.

I tried to talk John into going to Harry Potter World why were here but then I reconsidered knowing how much my wife would want to be with me.

During the conference we will also cover:

PSATS Member Stories – McDonald; Rumsey; Pierra
Hamstring Injuries – GoodyMacGregor; Purcell 
Groin Injuries – Cruz
Youth Soccer Concerns – Kurt Andrews

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How can I find out more info about PSATS?

Go to their website:

Catch them on Facebook

Tweet them: PSATS_MLS


Want to Contact Us?

John Ciecko III

Jeremy Jackson

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Director of Sports Medicine Kurt Andrews – 469

Who is Kurt Andrews?

Director of Sports Medicine for Sporting KC Kurt Andrews is a husband, Athletic Trainer and pursuer of knowledge.

Kurt Provides leadership to the Sports Medicine team that protects and prepares the Sporting Kansas City soccer players.

As director you also have to plan and prepare them team, practice procedures and EAPs and coordinate Doctors, PTs, EMTs, Massage Therapist and all other medical team members.

Kurt also is a leader in PSATS or Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers.

Leadership Series

John Ciecko assembled an outstanding lineup to cover the various aspects of Leadership in AT.

Check out our whole #LeadershipSeries as we apply these principles to Athletic Training and various settings.

Books we recommend

Leadership Series; Extreme Ownership, John Maxwell

Extreme Ownership

Dichotomy of Leadership

21 Irrefutable Laws of leadership

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Public Safety Athletic Trainer – 344

Interested in working with the police, fire fighters, or military as an Athletic Trainer?

PSAT is a great place to start gathering information on how you can help make our civil servants healthier and more effective.

Deena Kilpatrick saw a need for Firefighters to have an Athletic Trainer and built a business proposal, kept after the city admin and eventually got the opportunity to pitch it.

Currently 1.5 years into the gig they are looking into expanding and adding another staff member.  Another great story of Athletic Trainers doing what it takes but not settling for good enough.

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Show Notes 344

YouTube 344

Deena's Presentation to San Antonio FD