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 is currently accepting applications for the position of GLATA Student Senate. Applicants must be currently enrolled as a full-time studenin a Michigan College/University pursuing a degree with the intention of becoming a BOCertified Athletic Trainer, be a current student member of MATS and GLATA and receive endorsement from his/her program director. If one of your students meets the above criteria and you feel he/she has the ability to serve in this manner for the next two years, please have him/her complete the application and submit electronically to Bill Shinavier at shinawi@umich.edu no later than December 18, 2015. APPLICATION 

For more information, please go to the following link. 

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

​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


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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.  

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