Dr. Kovacs is the CEO of Kovacs Institute, which is a performance sciences institute focused on elite individuals, teams and organizations looking to optimize performance in sport, business and life. Dr. Kovacs is also a co-founder of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) which is the worldwide leading education and certification organization for individuals that work with tennis athletes in the areas of performance enhancement and injury prevention.
He is a sports executive, performance physiologist, biomechanical expert, researcher/professor, author/speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching elite athletes. He formally directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and was the Director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute as well as an executive with Pepsico in the area of long term research and innovation. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter on 5 continents and performed well over 200 workshops and presentations. He has presented over 200 keynotes and invited lectures on 5 continents and educated well over one million people from Harvard University to the Chinese Olympic Committee. Dr. Kovacs is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has published over 50 research articles and abstracts in some of the top scientific journals in the field of sport and exercise science. He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in tennis and has been a tennis coach and physical trainer for more than 15 years. He has worked with more than 30 Top 100 ATP and WTA professional players. He was the youngest ever recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award and the 2014 US Olympic Committee “Doc Counsilman” Science Award for his innovative use of sport science application to Olympic athletes. He has been involved with two NFL Superbowls, the Brazilian National Football team for the 2014 World Cup, the US Fed Cup team and dozens of other major sporting events applying sport science principles to optimizing athletic performance. He was an invited presenter at the 2017 International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport hosted by Prince Albert in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He has published six books on different aspects of sport science and currently volunteers on numerous committees and boards in professional organizations along with many community outreach programs.