Mario F. Cruz joined the Tennessee Tech Sports Medicine program in the spring of 2013 as part of Cookeville Regional Medical Center Sports Medicine at Tennessee Tech. His duties include the provision of rehabilitation services to all student athletes, as well as assisting the sports medicine staff. A Colombian native, Dr. Cruz specializes in the treatment of non-operative and post-operative musculo-skeletal, orthopedic, and sports medicine pathologies.
He graduated with honors from Georgia Southern University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine with an emphasis in Athletic Training. While at GSU, he worked with several athletic teams as a student trainer, including football, men’s soccer, baseball, women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s basketball. He was also the recipient of the Jerry Rhea Sports Medicine Scholarship Award, as well as the Georgia Athletic Trainer’s Association Undergraduate Student Scholarship Award.
Following his graduation from GSU, he attended the Medical College of Georgia (now called Georgia Regents University), where he earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009. While at MCG, he worked as an athletic trainer for Augusta State University, assisting with the medical care of student athletes. After finishing his training in rehabilitation sciences, Dr. Cruz gained experience working for private clinics providing both physical rehabilitation and athletic training services for a wide range of patients including high school, college, semi-professional, and professional athletes. In 2013, he became a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Rehabilitation/Medicine.
Dr. Cruz lives in Cookeville with his wife Katherine, and his sons Colin and Colby.