State Legislative Affairs

Advocating for ATs

NATA continues to support AT legislation on the state level, providing more than $600,000 in annual legislative grants.

Athletic trainers are licensed or otherwise regulated in 49 states and the District of Columbia; efforts continue to add licensure in California. Of the 49 regulated states (plus the District of Columbia), 44 of the states have a licensure bill, five have registration bills and one has a certification bill.

NATA has ongoing efforts to update obsolete state practice acts that do not reflect current qualifications and practice of ATs under health care reform.


State Legislative Grants

NATA continues to support AT legislation on the state level, providing more than $600,000 in legislative grants to states in 2015. State legislative grants are used to support legislation related to AT regulation and youth sports safety bills that address concussion management, emergency action plans and/or heat acclimatization policies.

Learn more about NATA's legislative grant program that supports legislative efforts at the state level.


State Resources


State Legislative Awards

Daniel L. Campbell Legislative Awards are given annually in two categories, Class I and Class II, to recognize state AT associations that helped achieve success in the legislative and regulatory arenas.

The William T. Griffin Award for Outstanding Leadership in Legislative Advocacy is given annually to an athletic trainer who has demonstrated leadership in legislative advocacy.


Legislative Alert Center

Please visit the NATA Legislative Alert Center to contact your state and federal legislators on issues important to the athletic training profession. Grassroots efforts with your local members of Congress are one of the most effective ways to help us gain more cosponsors for federal legislation. It only takes five minutes to learn the issues and send a letter to Congress.


Government affairs committee

The NATA Government Affairs Committee includes member volunteers working to advance athletic training regulation and legislation on the state level.


State Leadership Forum

Organized by the State Association Advisory Committee, the invitation-only State Leadership Forum is conducted annually during the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.