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."

Support Your Peers – Nominate Them for One of Gatorade’s NATA Awards!

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017

Athletic Trainers play an important role in the health and safety of athletes. However, that role too often goes unnoticed and many Athletic Trainers do not receive the recognition they deserve.

 

Gatorade hopes to help change this through the sponsorship of two awards that help acknowledge ATs hard work: The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award and The Tim Kerin Award for Excellence.

 

Nominate the deserving AT in your life! Nominations accepted until September 15, 2017.

20 online EBP available

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017

GLATA offers 20 online EBP home study courses through Innovative CEUS. Members can access a half off coupon in the members only section. Remember 2017 is a BOC reporting year, all certified athletic trainers need 10 BOC approved EBP CEUS. 

Committee Chair Position Vacancy Notice

Published: Monday, May 8, 2017

Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association
Committee Chair Position Vacancy Notice

GLATA Committee on Practice Advancement Chair and District IV Representative to the NATA Committee on Practice Advancement