Life University’s Mark Kovacs, DC, presents at 2018 Major League Soccer Combine
January 16, 2018—Mark Kovacs, DC, the Director of the LIFE Sport Science Institute (LSSI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Sport Health Science at Life University (LIFE), presented on Training Load and Muscular Stress for Elite Soccer at the 2018 Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers’ Society (PSATS) Annual Meeting during the Major League Soccer (MLS) Player Combine held in Orlando, Florida. This is one of the top annual events in the U.S. for individuals who work in elite soccer, and specifically with MLS teams throughout the country.
“This was an outstanding event that brings together the allied health professionals that work with professional soccer in the United States,” says Kovacs. “It was a privilege to present some new information about wearable technology, training load monitoring and muscular stress to help improve how soccer athletes are monitored and trained.”
Kovacs presented information based around his work over the past few years in soccer, which involved work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and also work he has done with national teams leading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and soccer teams in the English Premier League and La Liga (Spanish League). Some of the information covered is also from Kovacs’s two unique graduate classes he teaches at Life University titled “Technology in Sport” and “Recovery in Sport,” which provide students with the latest information about technologies and recovery research to help improve sports performance and the reduction of overuse injuries.
“The ability to share the information is one aspect of the meeting, but an even greater privilege is to be able to bring back to the LIFE campus the latest information in these areas and build upon the applied research and education we are performing at the LSSI, while also adding to the curriculum that is being taught to the students that we mentor here in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Sport Health Science,” remarks Kovacs. “It also provides great contacts for students who may have an interest in working in soccer in different areas of health care, performance and injury prevention.”