What Has the NATA Done?

January 20, 2015

This question was asked on Twitter this week. And it’s not the first time. I’m sure it won’t be the last time. But this is a question that irritates me. What has the professional organization done for an individual lately?

Well let’s see what recent history shows the NATA having gotten done:

  • Partnered with the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the National Football League to provide grants in order to put Athletic Trainers into high schools.
  • Encouraged Athletic Trainers to obtain their National Provider Identification (NPI) number.
  • Continues to guide the Youth Sports Safety Alliance
  • Partnered with the Korey Stringer Institute to investigate the employment and availability of athletic trainers in every high school in the USA.
  • Got “Athletic Trainer” included in the AP Stylebook.
  • Collaborated with Gatorade to bring back the Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year Awards
  • Involved in Alaska becoming the 49th state to regulate Athletic Training
  • The Journal of Athletic Training will become a monthly publication in 2015. That means more research will be coming out!
  • The NATA released a position statement on “Management of Sport Concussion” in March 2014.
  • NATA released Exertional Heat Illness position statement in summer 2014.
  • Encourages schools to become “Safe Sports Schools” to recognize the Athletic Training Departments of high schools across the nation!

Maybe the question isn’t “What has the NATA done?” Probably a better question, because let’s remember the NATA is a member organization, is what has the member done for the NATA and the profession lately?

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