Jan 29, 2015
Michigan State Takes New Approach


Changes to sports medicine and athlete care have come to the Michigan State University campus, including the creation of the Sports Medicine and Performance Department, which will have oversight of athletic training, strength and conditioning, sports nutrition, and sports psychology and counseling. Dr. Jeff Kovan was appointed Director of the new department.

As part of the transition process, the school recently announced the retirement of Jeff Monroe from his positions as Assistant Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer, a role he has filled since 1985. In his place, Michigan State, promoted Dr. Sally Nogle to Head Athletic Trainer. Nogle has been on the Spartan athletic training staff since 1983, most recently serving as Associate Head Athletic Trainer for football.

“What this new division will provide is a more streamlined approach to our sports medicine services,” MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “I would like to thank Jim Pignataro for his leadership and vision. Jim has pulled together many moving parts, and has consulted with medical professionals to design, what we feel, is one of the most comprehensive Sports Medicine and Performance divisions in the country.

“I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Kovan and Dr. Nogle. Sally has been, and will continue to be, a pillar in the athletic training community and we are fortunate to have someone with her expertise to lead our athletic training services.”

No stranger to the university or its athletics program, Kovan received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State, attended medical school there, has been Director of the Michigan State sports medicine department and Head Team Physician since 1996. Below, Kovan discusses his approach to athlete care and his role within the Michigan State athletics community.

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