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Injury protocol at Helena High School:

Hopefully your athlete will never be faced with an injury.  In the event your athlete is injured this is how we will handle the injury.

Please communicate with your Helena High School Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).

Michael Shields, M.Ed, LAT, ATC: (770) 880-1888 or

Gina Gonzales, MAEd, LAT, ATC: (225) 270-2757 or


  1. The ATC will assess the injury and communicate with you the guardian the course of action regarding injury.
  2. If we need to refer to our team doctors at Lemak Sports Medicine, the ATC can fast-track the athlete on the day of injury.
    1. Dr. Lawrence Lemak, Founder of Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics (205) 397-5200
    2. Dr. James Sedlis, Primary Care at Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics (205) 358-9120
  3. Then COMMUNICATION with you, coaches, ATCs, and doctors will all be on the same page.
  4. There will be a Certified Athletic Trainer at Helena High School each morning at 7:00 a.m. to provide treatment and rehabilitation to all injured athletes.


PHYSICAL FORM LINK:                                                                                               ’s/AHSAA/AHSAA/Forms/Form%205%20Physical%204.15.15.pdf

Michael Shields, M.Ed, LAT, ATC

Health Science Teacher/Athletic Trainer

Michael Shields is the Head Athletic Trainer at Helena High School.  Michael has 6 years of experience in the field of athletic training.  He attended Georgia Southern University, where he earned a B.S. in Athletic Training and Exercise Science.  In 2010, Michael earned his Masters in Education from the University of West Alabama.  He taught Sports Medicine for 2 years at the University of West Alabama before coming to Helena High School.

Gina Gonzales, MAEd, LAT, ATC

Health Science Teacher/Athletic Trainer

Gina Gonzales is the Associate Athletic Trainer at Helena High School.  Gina earned her B.S. in Kinesiology/Athletic Training from Louisiana State University.  She obtained her Masters degree in Education/Exercise Physiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in addition to serving as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at Samford University.  Gina is excited to be a part of the Helena Husky Family!




Dr. Lawrence Lemak is the Founder of Lemak Sports Medicine & Orthopedics—a center of excellence in orthopedic surgery with expertise in all areas of orthopedics and primary care sports medicine. Dr. Lemak devotes his practice to sports medicine and knee replacements and is a nationally recognized leader in his field.

With vast experience in sports medicine and his passion for the safety of athletes at every level of participation, Dr. Lemak serves as a member of the Medical Advisory Boards of Pop Warner Football, USA Football, and the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA)—sharing his knowledge and lending his expertise to these organizations.

Dr. Lemak founded the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) in 2001 after identifying a need to decrease the number and severity of injuries to youth, recreation, and high school athletes. The NCSS educates youth and high school coaches on the prevention and care of athletic injuries and has educated over 20,000 coaches since its inception.

Dr. Lemak’s devotion to sports medicine led him to found and chair the Alabama Sports Foundation in 1996—bringing the highest level of sports competition to Birmingham, Alabama. In addition, he was a founder of the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), a research and education institute for sports medicine, which has produced volumes of research for sports medicine and has educated over 250 orthopedic surgeons and family practitioners in sports medicine.

As the Medical Director of NFL’s Europe League for over 15 years and presently serving as the Medical Director of the United Football League, Dr. Lemak has cared for over 2,000 professional football players. In addition, he has been the Medical Director for Major League Soccer for 17 years. Not only does he treat professional athletes, he is also the team physician for many high schools and colleges in Alabama.

He serves as a Medical Advisor to more than 10 orthopedic medical companies and is the Orthopedic Medical Director for Community Health Systems (CHS).

After Dr. Lemak brought the 1996 Olympic Soccer Games to Birmingham, along with many other sports medicine endeavors in the community, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with the Distinguished Sportsman Award in 1997. Dr. Lemak was the first physician to be inducted into the AHSAA Hall of Fame for his devotion to the care and safety of high school athletes in the State of Alabama. He is the recipient of numerous awards for service to the community such as: the “Outstanding Alabamian Award” (proclaimed Dr. Lawrence Lemak Day) and “Businessman of the Year.” In addition, the Florida Athletic Trainers Association named Dr. Lemak “Person of the Year” in 2006. Dr. Lemak has also served as chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at USF from 2004-2008.

Dr. Lemak is a graduate of The University of Alabama Medical School and completed his residency at The University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).

Dr. Lemak has been married to his wife Georgine for 48 years and they have three children—John, David, and Matthew and seven grandchildren who all reside in Birmingham. In his free time, Dr. Lemak is a serial entrepreneur, travels extensively and is busy raising two Golden Retrievers.

Dr. Larry Lemak accepts the following insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, United Healthcare, Cigna, U.S. Department of Labor (WC), Workman’s Compensation, Healthsprings, and Viva Healthcare.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lemak, please call 205.397.5200 or click here.