The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 45,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of NATA to support their profession and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually. The NATA national office currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to support NATA’s mission.

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Athletic trainers will be globally recognized as vital practitioners in the delivery and advancement of health care. Through passionate provision of unique services, athletic trainers will be an integral part of the inter-professional health care team.



The mission of the National Athletic Trainers' Association is to represent, engage and foster the continued growth and development of the athletic training profession and athletic trainers as unique health care providers.


Strategic Plan

NATA released a new strategic plan (pdf) during NATA 2015 in St. Louis.


Annual Reports

NATA publishes its Annual Report each year in the December NATA News, which can be viewed in the magazine's digital archives. 



The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) was founded in 1950 when the first meeting took place in Kansas City. About 200 athletic trainers gathered to discuss the future of their profession.

Recognizing the need for a set of professional standards and appropriate professional recognition, NATA has helped to unify certified athletic trainers across the country by setting a standard for professionalism, education, certification, research and practice settings. Since its inception, NATA has been a driving force behind the recognition of the athletic training profession.

Once housed in Greenville, NC, NATA now is headquartered in Carrollton, TX. From humble beginnings, the association has expanded to encompass a global membership totaling more than 45,000, plus a full-time executive director and more than 40 full-time staff. Members serve as leaders for the association, which has multiple committees working together to help advance the profession.

A complete history of the NATA and the development of the athletic training profession is included in the hardcover book, “Far Beyond the Shoe Box: Fifty Years of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.”