Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS)

From the Secondary School Committee - Gatorade Secondary School AT Award


Dear Leaders,

For those who I have not yet introduced myself, my name is Molly Matson and I work for Gatorade on the Partner Services Team.  Over the past year, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee (SSATC) have re-established the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.

As you may know, this award recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each NATA district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.  With this award, our goal is to help elevate the role of secondary school athletic trainers and reinforce their important role in athlete safety.  In 2014-2015, we recognized 10 highly deserving secondary school athletic trainers with this award.

We kicked off year two of this award at the 2015 NATA Annual Conference and have begun to spread the message through NATA channels, including the website , social channels and more, but we’re hoping to enlist your help again this year to maintain the momentum and drive entries in your district.

Similar to last year, I’ve attached a document that will help aid in this process. This document contains details about this award, as well as suggested content for district communications via website, social media and e-mail, and a recommended timeline of when and what to communicate.

To ensure your District members are informed and actively applying for the award, we recommend the following immediate next step:

Post award information on your District website, using the following suggested website content:

SSATC and Gatorade are excited to announce the second year of The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.  This award recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each NATA district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.  Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant toward the program featured in their submission; a Gatorade G Series Performance package – which includes everything from coolers and squeeze bottles to product and towels, a Sidelines Cart – that will help give teams’ sidelines a professional look – and an all-expense-paid trip to NATA Annual symposia in 2016 (flight, accommodations and conference registration).


·                 Active certified athletic trainer and a current member of NATA

·                 NPI #

·                 State Licensure  # (If Applicable)

·                 BOC certified

·                 A full-time or part-time employee in the secondary schools


·                 [11/30/15]


Visit NATA.org (http://www.nata.org/Gatorade-Secondary-School-AT-Award

·        for application details

Please feel free to reach out to me or Larry Cooper for any additional information and/or questions.

Thank you in advance for your help!


Molly Matson

Gatorade Partner Services Team


MATS 2015 Council Election Nominations now open


MATS is now accepting nomination for council members

September 1st to September 26th - Voting will be held October 1st to October 31st

This year, we will be voting for the offices of:

Vice President


Representative of Northern Lower Peninsula (2 year term)

Representative of South Central Lower Peninsula (2 year term)

Representative of Upper Peninsula (2 year term)

Nomination Form

Please send nomination forms to Gretchen Goodman at ggoodman@rvorthopedics.com.



GLATA Young Professional's Committee

The GLATA Young Professional’s Committee (YPC) is using the “Open Books” organization this year to help serve the community. Read More.



MATS is currently accepting applications for Student Scholarships.  For more information, please go to the following link.



MATS is currently accepting applications for Student Senator to GLATA.  For more information, please go to the following link.



During its most recent meeting, the GLATA Executive Board approved the Safe Sports School Grant program.  The purpose of the program is to increase the number of NATA 1st Team and 2nd Team Safe Sports School Awards presented to secondary schools in District IV.  As of June 2014, a total of 199 schools have been recognized as Safe Sports Schools by the NATA with only 14 of these coming from District IV.  Funding is available for a total of sixty (60) grants, with ten (10) grants designated for each state within District IV.  The grant shall pay the entire $150 application fee for the NATA Safe Sports School program.  Funding preference will be given to schools meeting all criteria for 1st team selection, however, all schools meeting 2ndteam criteria are encouraged to apply. 


Upcoming Courses

​Concussion Prevention and Management in Athletics: Effective Safety Assessment  and Return to Play Strategies EBP CEU's 

Date: November 21, 2015


Time: 8:00am to 3pm


Register Here.    Brochure Here 


University of Michigan Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Injuries presents - Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries

Saturday, November 21, 2015

7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Schoolcraft College
Vista Tech Conference Center
18600 Haggerty Rd.
Livonia, MI 48152

Target Audience
The conference is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other clinic staff.  

Click here for more information and registration.

All Eyes on Concussion U of M NeuroSport

The University of Michigan NeuroSport and Athletic Medicine groups are excited to announce our 4th annual concussion symposium.  This year’s theme is, All Eyes on Concussion. We have many outstanding presenters and will be conducting a mock trial with nationally recognized defense and prosecuting attorneys. More. 8 CEUs & 3.5 EBPs available!


University of Michigan Health Center - MedSport

2 Day Course Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th 

The Foot and Ankle: from Athletic to Decrepit: To Stabilize or to Mobilize?

More Information available here

One Day Course Thursday May 21st, 2015

Sports Medicine Update

More Information available here


Southwest Michigan Strength and Conditioning Clinic

Presents; Dan John "Can you go?" 

Saturday, April 25, 2015 Niles High School Niles, MI

Brochure     Registration 


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