The National Honor Society of Sports Medicine Founded 2007
The National High School Sports Medicine Association Founded 2016
Our Organization: The NHSSM-NHSSMA
Attention all current NHSSM Chapters: Your old NHSSM chapter will be "Grandfathered" into the NHSSM-NHSSMA. No additional paperwork is needed!
The text below contains the National Constitution under which all National Honor Society of Sports Medicine for secondary schools/high schools and the National High School Sports Medicine Association (NHSSM_NHSSMA), which will dictate chapter operations.
Local chapters of NHSSM-NHSSMA are given authority to vary from some sections of this document.
Eli Hallak, M.Ed., ATC, EMT has been the Head Certified Athletic Trainer at St. Francis High School in La Canada, CA since 1998. He also holds his EMT certification, and is a certified instructor in First Aid & CPR for the American Safety & Health Institute. Eli grew up in the San Fernando Valley where he graduated from Alemany High School. He attended Humboldt State University and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education with emphasis in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. In 2015, Eli completed his Masters Degree in Education at William Howard Taft University. Eli has provided rehabilitative/emergency services to athletes at all levels of sport professional, collegiate, but has worked extensively at the high school level. He was employed in the Orthopedic Physical Therapy Clinic at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, in Mission Hills, CA. There, he refined his rehabilitation skills for four years, prior to reentering the traditional ATC setting. A Preceptor for California State University Northridge's ATEP Program, Eli has assisted with the growth of Athletic Training Students since 1999.
As a faculty member at SFHS, Mr. Hallak teaches Introductory Kinesiology & Rehabilitation, a course designed to introduce the field of medical sciences to high school students with an emphasis on Athletic Training. In 2001, this course was the first Sports Medicine/Athletic Training course in California to be approved as a Lab Science by the U.C. Board of Regents in the traditional classroom setting. Mr. Hallak is in charge of all health care on campus, oversees the Volunteer High School: Head Athletic Training Student / Senior Athletic Training Student / Rookie Athletic Training Student Program and is the Moderator for the SFHS Sports Medicine Club. Eli has also developed and oversees the annual SFHS Sports Medicine Competition which, over the past 5 years has become a state wide competition for high school students interested in the field of Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.
In 2003, Eli was named to the Far West Athletic Trainers Associations All District Team for Secondary Schools. In 2009, Eli received the Special Recognition Award for the California Athletic Trainers' Association.
In 2007, Eli was asked to serve on the Advisory Panel for High Sports Medicine and Sports Therapy Classes, for Los Angeles County Regional Occupational Programs. He remains active in the profession by being a Chair of the Revenue Committee for the CATA since 2008, being a member of the CATA Secondary School Committee since 2010, and being a member of the CIF Southern Section Sports Medicine Advisory Panel since 2012. In 2007, while attending the St. Francis High School graduation ceremony, Eli envisioned the concept of the National Honor Society of Sports Medicine and along with colleague Cindy Kramer began to sculpt the organization.
He resides in Stevenson Ranch, CA with his wife and two daughters.
Cindy Kramer - Vice President
Cindy Kramer MS, ATC, CSCS has been the Head Certified Athletic Trainer for Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, California since 1987 Cindy graduated from Los Angeles Baptist High School, continuing her education at California State University, Northridge. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Coaching. After teaching P.E. at the elementary/middle school level, she returned to complete the Athletic Training program at CSUN, becoming certified in 1987. In 2006, Cindy received her Masters Degree in Sports Medicine from the United States Sports Academy. Her focus in acquiring this degree was in rehabilitation. Also, in 2007 she became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Cindy has worked with collegiate and club level athletes but has primarily worked with high school athletes of all sports.
As a faculty member at NDHS, Cindy teaches Sports Medicine and Advanced Sports Medicine. The Sports Medicine class was developed by her in 1993 and received UC lab science approval in 2003. The Advanced Sports Medicine class received UC lab science approval in 2011. Cindy is in charge of supervising all students involved in the Sports Medicine program including their participation in training room and athletic activities.
In 2007, at the invitation of Eli Hallak ATC, EMT, Cindy has helped develop the concept of the National Honor Society of Sports Medicine.
Cindy resides in Sherman Oaks, California.
Nikki Clark-Vega - Secretary
Nikki Clark-Vega MPE, LAT, ATC Nikki has been the Head AT at Boise High since 2003. She earned two bachelor degrees from the University of Idaho in Athletic Training and School & Community Health Education, as well as a Master's degree in Athletic Administration from Idaho State University. Nikki also teaches Health Professions and Sports Medicine, classes for which students are able to earn college credits. In addition, Nikki is also the President of the Idaho Athletic Trainers' Association.
Jessica Truax - Historian
Jessica Truax, M.Ed, ATC Jessica has been the Director of Sports Medicine/ Athletic Trainer at Damien High School since the 2006- 2007 school year. She was the first Certified Athletic Trainer for the school and started the sports medicine student program. She also serves as a full time faculty member and as the Emergency Disaster Chair for the school. She grew up in Covina, CA and graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, CA. From there she went on to pursue her Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology: Athletic Training from Cal State University, Long Beach. For a short time she was an hourly Athletic Trainer for Mt. SAC, but found a full time position at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in their physical therapy department as their Sports Medicine Coordinator for 3 years. She worked closely with the family practice residency program on their sports medicine rotations, helped coordinate the Sports Medicine Center, worked in-patient and out-patient PT, as well as being their outreach AT. It was their outreach AT program that led her to Damien. During her time at PVHMC, Jessica earned her single- subject teaching credential from the University of La Verne in Health Sciences and completed her Master’s in Education in 2010. She also went on to earn an additional teaching credential in Life Sciences in 2014. She received UC Lab Science approval for her Intro to Sports Medicine course in 2009. She is currently working on an advanced elective course in athletic training and teaches Biology and Anatomy and Physiology. Jessica has worked as a preceptor for the University of La Verne ATEP since 2009 and for Azusa Pacific University since 2013. She resides in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with her husband who is a coach and teacher at Damien High School as well.