NATA History: Since its inception, NATA has been a driving force behind the recognition of the athletic training profession.
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.
1950, left photo; 2018, right photo
Remembering our past, looking to the future
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.”