Athletic Training Terminology

NATA Mission Statement

"The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession."

ATC Terminology

NATA’s policy is not to use the ATC acronym as a noun. ATC is an acronym that describes a credential, not a person, and it should only be used following the name of a certified individual. When referring to an athletic trainer in text, it is most appropriate to use the acronym, AT, or the terms "athletic trainer" or "certified athletic trainer."

Patient or Client Terminology

Athletes comprise a significant proportion of the population who receive care from athletic trainers. However, once an athlete (or any other individual) becomes injured, he or she is a patient. The term "client" should be used for situations where individuals receive athletic training services – usually preventive in nature – on a fee-for-service basis.

Certified Terminology

In medicine, the definition of "Board Certified" is a process to ensure that an individual has met standards beyond those required of licensure, indicating the passage of a specialty examination. While the term "Board Certified" is recognizable within the medical communities, the BOC examination does not fit the criteria of being Board Certified. The recommended term is "certified athletic trainer."

2017 GLATA Award Winners

2017 GLATA Award Winners

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Join us in congratulating the 2017 GLATA award winners

 

2018 Call for Speaker Proposal

Published: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Education Committee is inviting proposals for professional presentations at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Symposium in Wheeling, IL, March 14-17, 2018. 

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EBP CEU Courses Available for Members

EBP CEU Courses Available for Members

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2017

EBP Courses Available from GLATA

Your association has partnered with Innovative CEUs to provide home study access to the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEU course which we offer at the Annual Meeting.  Combining the audio and Powerpoint slides from our Annual Meeting, participants have access to the latest research from leading authorities in clinical care and evidence based practice. Following the completion of each course, participants will complete the online quiz to retrieve their certificates.

Access available in "EBP CEUs" section of Member Benefits.