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 Results

Congratulations to MATS 2015 Council Election Winners

Vice President                    Kevin Parker
Secretary                            Ethan Nayback
SC Representative             Eric Simmons
NL Representative             Alex Dailey
UP Representative             Mark Stonerock


MATS Athletic Training Student Scholarship Application Available

MATS is currently accepting applications for the MATS Athletic Training Student Scholarship

I. Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicant must be currently enrolled as a full-time student in a Michigan College/University pursing a degree with the intention of becoming a BOC Certified Athletic Trainer.
  2. Applicant must be a current member of the Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (will be verified).
  3. Applicant must be either a junior or senior academically and in good standing in that college/university. Applicant may apply during his/her final semester and must use scholarship toward graduate course work.
  4. Applicant must have grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 (based on a 4.0 scale) for ALL undergraduate courses to date.



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.






Upcoming Courses


NeuroSport, MedSport and Michigan Athletics are joining forces to bring you our annual symposium Return on Investment: The Sports Medicine Approach on May 20th and 21st at the Junge Center in Ann Arbor, MI. Please mark your calendars. Registration information will be available in early March. Due to the demand of this course no on-site registration will be available.

Date: May 20 and 21, 2016

Location: Junge Center Ann Arbor, MI

Cost: $195

CEUs: 14.75

Agenda to follow. EBPs and CMEs are to be determined.

Happy New Year!

University of Michigan Athletics, MedSport and NeuroSport


Protecting the Blindside: Preventing and Rehabilitating Concussion 

Presented by the Michigan State University Athletic Training Education Program

2.0 CEU’s Free of Charge 

BOC Provider #P-431

Saturday, January 16, 2016 


10:00am – 12:00pm 

Clara Bell Smith Center Auditorium 

Michigan State University


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