Michael Cortese is in his fifth season serving as athletic trainer for the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He also contributed to the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
During his time with Team USA, Cortese has served on teams that have claimed five titles, including the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; and the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Additionally, Cortese served on the Team USA staff that earned runner-up finishes at the 2011 (Nov.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary Alberta; 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea; and the 2013 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Canada, as well as third-place finishes at the 2011 (Apr.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in London, Ontario.
Cortese is the rehabilitation outpatient supervisor of Bethesda Health Outpatient Rehabilitation in Boynton Beach, Florida.
He completed his undergraduate education at Colorado College in 1984 and became a certified athletic trainer in 1985. He earned his master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1987 and has been a board certified specialist in orthopaedics since 1996.
He has instructed numerous continuing education courses for medical professionals on the shoulder, lower extremities, and orthotic management of the foot. Also, Cortese has worked in professional and amateur sports.