Former SHS athletic trainer Mike Carroll honored with Gatorade’s National Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award


Former long-time Stephenville head athletic trainer Mike Carroll who left SHS for Graham this past year has been selected as one of ten honorees for a national award presented by Gatorade.
Graham High School’s Head Athletic Trainer, Mike Carroll, has been awarded the 2019 Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award. Each year, Gatorade, in partnership with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, recognizes 10 secondary school athletic trainers from across the country who provided outstanding athlete care and have had a profound impact on their students, colleagues, and community.


Carroll will be presented with the award at the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting in Arlington, Texas in July.
“I am honored to receive this award from a company like Gatorade that has always supported the profession of athletic training. I have been very lucky that throughout the course of my career that I have been able to give back to this amazing profession and help the present and future practitioners of athletic training,” said Carroll. “I am also very thankful that I work in a district like Graham ISD that supports the profession and allows me to volunteer my time for the betterment of secondary school athletic trainers everywhere.”
Athletic trainers are highly qualified, multi-skilled healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes, participating in sports, and can work in a variety of job settings.
“As the superintendent of schools, I cannot overstate the value of Mike’s input and service to the Graham High School community,” said Sonny Cruse. “Graham ISD is fortunate to have a person of Mike’s professional caliber serving our student-athletes.
Carroll is in his 1st year as an athletic trainer at Graham High School. Aside from his duties at Graham Carroll will be receiving this award because he served as a driving force in Texas to adopt Pre-Season Acclimatization Guidelines and as Chair of the SWATA Secondary School Committee. Also when he was the SWATA Secondary School Athletic Trainer Committee chair his committee undertook the first survey of AT’s by classification of school, ultimately convincing school boards to hire more athletic trainers. He has developed protocols for weather, concussion and emergency action plans that were ahead of their time compared to other schools and has given his time and effort to always advocating and bettering the healthcare level for the secondary school athlete and athletic trainer.
“Secondary school athletic trainers are essential to the operation of a quality athletic department in any high school, “ said Jeff Kearney, Global Head of Sports Marketing, The Gatorade Company. “Through our partnership with NATA, we hope to raise awareness and elevate the profile of secondary school athletic trainers and the invaluable role they play in keeping young athletes safe and performing at their best.”
As part of the award, Carroll receives a $1,000 grant toward his school’s athletic program, a Gatorade Sideline Cart and Gatorade product for his athletes, and complimentary registration to the 2019 NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo this June in Las Vegas.
Nominees for the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award must be active certified athletic trainers, current NATA members, and work as a full-time or part-time employee in secondary schools. Each winner is selected by the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee and must be nominated by a colleague, school administrator or parent. For all the details on how to apply and deadlines, visit the NATA website at Mike Carroll

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