Sports Medicine Advisory Committee


The mission of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) is to help ensure the health and safety of student-athletes who participate in NCHSAA sponsored sports and activities, by using evidence-based practices when making suggestions, opinions, and recommendations to the NCHSAA Board of Directors and staff.


  • Advise the NCHSAA on health and safety issues as they relate to student-athletes of member schools.
  • Assist the NCHSAA leadership and membership in making informed decisions that contribute to the minimization of risk associated with student-athlete participation in education-based athletics. 
  • Aid the NCHSAA by gathering current best practice data on health and safety-related issues.
  • Enable the NCHSAA to proactively address health and safety concerns and risk management issues that impact member schools.
  • Support the NCHSAA in working cooperatively and efficiently with other key health and safety stakeholders.

Committee Members

Affiliate Organizations

North Carolina LATs are required to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training education program and possess national certification as a certified athletic trainer from the Board of Certification, an organization independent of NATA.  Training and education of the LAT are consistent with the skills needed to prevent, evaluate, treat, and rehabilitate student-athletes suffering injuries or illnesses.  LATs are, furthermore, qualified to make return-to-play decisions that impact the ultimate health and well-being of secondary school student-athletes. 

Since 1974, the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

The mission of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession.  Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients.  Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.