Mike Braid, MSEd, ATC, FAFS
Director of Athletic Training
Mike received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine with a minor in Exercise Science from Central Michigan University and his Masters of Science in Education with an emphasis in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University. He spent several years working as an assistant and then Head Athletic Trainer at Northern Illinois University before relocating to West Michigan and finding work in the Outpatient Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation setting. Before joining i’move in 2008, he was responsible for coordinating the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training outreach program at Hackley Hospital.
In addition to his clinical roles, he has been significantly involved as a part time faculty member at GVSU teaching in the Athletic Training Education Program, and was honored with the Vonnie Boetsma Part-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. In 2015, Mike received the Pew Teaching Excellence Award for Part-time Faculty at Grand Valley University. He has held several committee positions within the Athletic Training industry at the National, District and State level and currently serves on the Winter Meeting and Clinical Symposium Planning committee.
In his extensive work on the athletic sidelines, he spent 6 Years working with GVSU’s football program from 2001-2006, which included 4 National Championship teams, has been a volunteer Athletic Trainer for the United States Olympic Committee from 1997-2000, serving on the Medical staff for the 1998 Goodwill Games, 1999 Pan American games, and 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia with USA Men’s Volleyball. He was inducted into the Michigan Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also contributed as a Fellow to The Advisory Board since 2007. The Advisory Board Company is a global research, technology, and consulting firm partnering with more than 165,000 leaders in more than 4,100 organizations across health care and higher education. He received his Fellowship in Applied Functional Science from the Gray Institute in 2013, and continues to pursue continuing education opportunities wherever he can.
He indicates that he became interested in movement as a “below average athlete” in high school who had a few injuries. “I was interested in the sciences, took an intro to Athletic Training Class at CMU and loved it. The rest is history.”
In spite of his extensive experience and accolades, his greatest joy continues to be found in the relationships to his patients and the West Michigan community. On the back of his business card, Mike chose the words, “i’m building” because it has many meanings. “I hope I can continue to build healthier individuals through training and rehabilitation. I like to build relationships with people and enjoy building myself personally and professionally.”
You can reach Mike at [email protected]