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    National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)
     The professional membership organization for athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession
     Established in 1950
     Headquarters: Carrollton, Texas
     Staff: 44 full-time employees

  • Membership

     Total number of members: 44,000
     Certified members: 79 percent
     Female members: 55 percent
     International members: certified - 1.2 percent; non-certified - .1 percent
     Student members: certified - 4 percent; non-certified - 20 percent

  • Definition of Athletic Trainers

    Health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education and training and the states’ statutes, rules and regulations. As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

    Secondary School Statistics

     NATA/KSI benchmark study published in 2015 in Journal of Athletic Training: 37 percent of public secondary schools in the U.S. have a full-time athletic trainer, which is the gold standard of care recommended by NATA.

  • Governmental Affairs

     Athletic trainers are licensed or otherwise regulated in 49 states and the District of Columbia; efforts continue to secure regulation in California.
     Of the 49 regulated states, only Texas provides for initial licensure without the Board of Certification (BOC) credential (ATC).
     No state mandates athletic trainers in secondary schools. There are some jurisdictions with related requirements (such as D.C. and Hawaii) – check with NATA staff for details.
     NATA hosts an annual Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC, as an opportunity for ATs to advocate for their profession.
     Athletic trainers are eligible and encouraged to apply for their National Provider Identifier (NPI) – it is quick, easy and free. The NPI is used by all health care professionals in adherence to HIPAA requirements and the simplification of transmission of electronic health information. The designated taxonomy code for an athletic trainer is “255A2300X – Specialist/Technologist – Athletic Trainer.” Students can apply for their NPI under the taxonomy code “390200000X Student in an Organized Health Care Education/Training Program.”
     NATAPAC is the political voice of the athletic training profession, seeking better working conditions, fair access and the right to practice for all athletic trainers. The voluntary contributions of NATA members are the only legal source of funds to support these activities. It is separately incorporated and is managed by its own board of directors.

Information links

Concussion management
NATA Position statement:
Concussion handout: