June 7, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan senior football athletic trainer Paul Schmidt has been presented the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award by the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society, the organization announced today (Friday, June 7).
The award recognizes MATS members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for MATS and all of the great work its people do, and it's humbling to receive this award," said Schmidt. "It has been an honor serving the University of Michigan and its student athletes for almost 30 years."
Schmidt is entering his 29th year at U-M overseeing the prevention, care and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for the football team. He served as the assistant football trainer for five years and served as a graduate assistant at Michigan from 1983-85 prior to gaining a promotion to a full-time position with the Wolverines in 1986.
A graduate of Fremont (Ohio) Ross High School, Schmidt graduated from Ohio State in 1983 with a B.S. in physical therapy. He earned his master's degree in exercise physiology from Michigan in 1985.
He is a member of MATS, the Michigan Physical Therapy Association, the American Physical Therapy Association and the National Athletic Trainer's Association.
Schmidt also was honored for his dedication to the department in 2001, becoming an "Honorary 'M' Man."
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