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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Athletic Training Information

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Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Staff

Co Medical Director and Team Physician: Dr. Scott Stevens
Co Medical Director and Team Physician: Dr. Todd Kanzenbach
Team Physician: Dr. Jesse Botker
Director of Athletic Health Care Athletic Trainer:

Sarah Merfeld Downey, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Associate Head Athletic Trainers:

Matthew Schmidt, MA, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Assistant Athletic Trainer:

Chad Brinkman, MA, LAT, ATC


 Cailey Priem, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, ITAT


Courtney Strauss, LAT, ATC

Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers: Gabriel Schulz, LAT, ATC
  Kyle Zeiszler, LAT, ATC

Christian Goetz, LAT, ATC

Cassandra Adamson, LAT, ATC


Student-Athlete Insurance Coordinator: Kath Bill     507-389-2099

Sports Coverage

Sarah Merfeld Downey, MS, ATC, ATR, CSCS - Women's Volleyball, Women's Softball, Women's Tennis, Men's/Women's Golf

 Matt Schmidt, MA, ATC, CSCS - Men's Ice Hockey/ Women's Ice Hockey

Chad Brinkman, MA, ATC, ATR - Football, Women's Swimming and Diving

Courtney Ferry, ATC, ATR - Women's Ice Hockey/Men's Ice Hockey

Kyle Zeiszler, ATC, ATR - Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track & Field

Christian Goetz, ATC, ATR - Wrestling, Baseball

Cailey Priem,MS, ATC, ATR, CSCS, ITAT - Women's Basketball and Women's Soccer

Gabe Schulz, ATC, ATR - Football, Women's Softball

Beverly Gruenzner, ATC, ATR - Men's Basketball and Baseball

Cassandra Adamson, ATC, ATR - TBD


Athletic Training Room Information

Highland Center Athletic Training Room Phone: 389-2099
Taylor Center Athletic Training Room Phone: 389-1275
Sarah Downey Office Phone: 389-5461
 Matt Schmidt Office Phone: 389-1161
Athletic Training Room Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00-6:00p.m.
  Saturdays By Arrangement
  Competitions As Scheduled

Policies and Procedures

Medical Clearance

  1. All first year participants in intercollegiate athletics at MSU must have had a physical exam performed by a medical doctor and turned into the Athletic Training Staff PRIOR to beginning practice. Please do not send immunization records.  NO EXCEPTIONS!
    • MSU Physical Exam Form is the only form accepted and is provided on the MSU Athletics webpage.
    • A Staff ATC must review each physical exam form prior to participation
  2. All returning participants in intercollegiate athletics must complete a Returning Athlete Questionnaire PRIOR to beginning practice. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  3. All student-athletes each year must complete and turn in an Emergency card and copy of Insurance Card to the Athletic Training Staff PRIOR to being cleared for participation. This is done when you arrive on campus, during your NCAA compliance meeting.
    • All information must be complete. This includes insurance company name, group and policy numbers, name of policyholder, address and telephone number.
    • Also includes primary care physician referral and pre-authorization.
  4. The Team Physicians and Athletic Training Staff make FINAL MEDICAL CLEARANCE only. NO participation is allowed until medical clearance is officially authorized.
  5. Sickle Cell Testing:

    The Minnesota State University’s team physician has made sickle cell testing optional for all incoming freshman and transfer students.  If you do not get it done at home you can have the test done here at the Student Health Services on the MSU campus for approximately $16. 

MSU Athletic Insurance

  1. MSU Intercollegiate Athletic Insurance is Secondary Coverage for MSU athletic related injuries only. Your personal insurance is Primary Coverage and all medical bills will be submitted to your insurance prior to being submitted to MSU's athletic insurance.
    • After your bills have been submitted to your insurance and returned to you, unpaid portions of your bill will be given to the Insurance Coordinator who will then submit them to MSU's athletic insurance.
    • Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from you insurance company shows all unpaid portions of your bill.  This must be turned into Kath Bill, Insurance Coordinator, ASAP.
  2. In order for your athletic injury to be covered under MSU insurance it must be reported to the Athletic Training Staff immediately.
  3. MSU Athletic Insurance has a $1000 deductible per injury. If this deductible is not met by payment of medical bills through your personal insurance you will be responsible for payment of the balance up to $1000 prior to MSU athletic insurance being initiated for payment. MSU athletic insurance will not pay on any medical bills until the deductible is met.

Injury or Illness

The student-athlete is responsible to report all injuries and illnesses to the athletic training room for treatment or referral on the day of occurrence. The Head Athletic Trainer or Assistant Athletic Trainers will make all necessary medical referrals. The student-athlete is not permitted to seek medical attention without prior authorization except in the case of emergency.

Minnesota State University will adhere to the request of a student-athlete to obtain a second opinion, but the physician providing the second opinion must be approved by the Head Athletic Trainer, Assistant Athletic Trainers, Medical Director and/or a Team Physician.

If you choose to get a second opinion without prior approval you are financially responsible and the MSU Medical Team will have FINAL clearance for participation. You will also be required to take a Physician Referral Form.

Athletic Training Room Procedures

  1. Report ALL injuries immediately to the Athletic Training Staff. Early treatment can keep you playing.
  2. Check-in at the front desk for ALL injury evaluations, treatments, taping and wound care.
  3. Athletic Training coverage will be provided on site at games and practices by both Certified Athletic Trainers and Student Athletic Trainers as designated by the Certified Athletic Training Staff.
  4. Injuries will be evaluated and the course of treatment will be determined at that time.
  5. Injuries will be treated/rehabilitated in the athletic training room by staff.

Athletic Training Room Rules

  1. Check-in at the front desk BEFORE all treatment and taping.
  2. Wear gym trunks or shorts and shirts at all times in the athletic training room. Do not wear or bring equipment into the athletic training room.
  3. Athletes are expected to stay out of supplies in the athletic training room. DO NOT HELP YOURSELF! If you need something, please ASK. Do not give yourself treatment. Do not tamper with the therapeutic equipment, rehabilitation equipment or any athletic training equipment and/or supplies.
  4. No self-treatments or taping will be permitted.
  5. When you begin treatment for an injury, you will continue treatment daily until you are released by the athletic trainer or physician.
  6. Student-athletes are expected to shower after practice before entering the athletic training room for post-practice treatment. This will be enforced.
  7. Avoid horseplay, inappropriate language and unnecessary confusion. If you want to be treated like an adult, then you must act like an adult. Treat the staff with courtesy and respect, and you will be treated the same.
  8. No spikes or any type of cleats are allowed in the athletic training room.
  9. No chewing, spitting, or tobacco products are allowed in the athletic training room.
  10. No food or drink is allowed in the athletic training room.
  11. Football & Hockey --- Mouthguards are a required part of your equipment.  If any dental injury is sustatined during practice or competition and you are not wearing a mouth guard, our secondary school insurance will not cover any expenses incurred and you will be responsible for all medical bills associated with the injury.  It is important that you wear one, as it will help to prevent head and dental injuries if worn. 
  12. An injury is not an excuse for missing practice. If possible, all treatment and rehabilitation must be done prior to practice or after practice. Only those student-athletes with injuries who have been cleared for treatment and rehabilitation during practice by the Head Athletic Trainer or one of the Assistant Athletic Trainers are allowed to miss practice.


    An injury for which you are receiving treatment in the athletic training room is not an excuse for being late to practice. Treatment must be completed before or after practice time.


The athletic training room policy is first come, first served for all student-athletes. It is impossible to get you on the field or court if you come in 10 minutes before practice. The student-athlete is expected to arrive early enough to complete his/her entire treatment program and/or taping and wrapping before practice starts. Do not use treatment as an excuse for being late. You are REQUIRED to be in early or arrange another time.


Failure to come for treatments by an injured athlete will be interpreted as that individual's unwillingness to cooperate with little desire to return to competition. These individuals will be reported to the coach.

Referral to Outside Medical Services

All student-athletes who are deemed necessary to attain care from a medical source outside of the athletic training room must do the following:

  1. Be evaluated by a Certified Athletic Trainer.
  2. Be referred by a Certified Athletic Trainer to the Medical Director or a Team Physician for further evaluation and medical diagnosis.
  3. Attain a prescription for outside services from the Medical Director and/or Team Physician.
  4. Return prescription to a Certified Athletic Trainer who will schedule initial appointment.


If the preceding steps are not performed MSU's athletic insurance will not pay and the Sports Medicine/Athletic Training Staff will not be able to maintain adequate records and monitor your progress.