The Michigan Athletic Trainer’s Society is a professional membership organization for Athletic Trainers (AT), Athletic Training students, and others who seek to advance the profession of Athletic Training in the State of Michigan. Athletic Trainers are recognized as allied health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, clinical evaluation and assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.   

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Mitch Smelis, AT, ATC

Meaghan Rourke, AT, ATC

The Michigan Athletic Trainers Society Secondary School Athletic Training Committee is committed to bring forth the role and function of the Licensed Athletic Trainer in the secondary school setting to all people that have a vested interest regarding injury management procedures, policies, rules, regulations as it pertains to student athletic safety in the state of Michigan.

Committee Members:

Mitchell Smelis, Fenton HS – Committee co -chair

Meaghan Rourke, Allen Park HS - Committee co-chair

Jesse Brinks, Northview HS

Lorin Cartwright, retired

John Ciecko III, Bloomfield Hills HS

Nicole Coleman, Marquette HS

Kevin Fleming, Hanover Horton HS

L. Richard Kieft

Paige Mielke, Novi HS

Martha Munsell, Fowlerville HS

Anthony Polazzo

Amy Ream, Traverse City Central HS

Bob Taylor, Niles HS

Brianna Taylor, Battle Creek Lakeview HS

2019-20 NATA/KSI ATLAS Secondary School survey is open...Click Here. If you work in the secondary school setting, please take a few minutes and complete this years survey! Even if you have completed it in years past, please take a few minutes to take it again for this school year. The survey changes annually to help collect updated AT contact information, as well as other information about your school/program.


If you don't work in the secondary school setting, but have colleagues that do, please spread the word and encourage them to take the survey as well. The more info we can collect, the better we can map and understand this setting across Michigan!


NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award

Click Here  (Nominations due October 15, 2019)


NATA Secondary School Servant’s Heart Award

Click Here (Nominations due September 15, 2019)

NATA Secondary School AT Advocate Award

Click Here (Nominations due September 15, 2019)







MHSAA Wresling Officials "Blue Book" GO HERE




MHSAA Concussion Care Insurance Benefit  GO HERE

Gatorade SS Award GO HERE

MATS Safe Sports School Winners  GO HERE

NATA Safe Sports School Application GO HERE

AT Helmet Sticker Project  GO HERE



Secondary Schools with low availability of athletic trainers may be at higher risk of repeat concussion. READ HERE


MHSAA Concussion Care Insurance Benefit

Continuing in the 2018-19 school year, the MHSAA is providing supplemental insurance for the payment of medical expenses related to concussions.  The injury must have occurred during a MHSAA activity of a member school.  The policy limit is $25000.00 for each occurrence.


The program intends to assure that member MHSAA student athletes revived prompt and professional medical services for head injury even if the athlete is uninsured or under-insured.


The insurance offered by MHSAA through K and K company is a secondary carrier.  This means when the primary insurance is used then the school's athletic insurance (if a coverage is provided) is used then and only then the MHSAA policy used to pay remaining costs.

So in fact you could have 3 insurances paying for costs related to concussion injury.


See your Athletic Director or Athletic Trainer for additional information about the program.


Forms and other information GO HERE

Secondary School Position Improvement Guide GO HERE

Consensus Statement on Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools GO HERE


Stay Tuned!

The MATS Secondary School AT Committee is working to make the MI AT Helmet Sticker Project available to you in the near future!

We were glad to see the interest when we started this project at the MHSAA Football Finals held at Ford Field Nov 23-24.

We will post further information once it is available, we still have a few details to finalize first.

THANKS to the MHSAA for partnering with us and allowing us to roll out this initiative at Ford Field this November!

Gatorade Secondary School Award

Information on nominations for the 2020 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award will be available in late summer of 2019!

Stay tuned for further details!

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 2020 (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

NATA Safe School Recipients

as of 8/2018