What to Look Forward to in December

November 23, 2020 by Elizabeth Quinn

What to Look Forward to in December from National Athletic Trainers' Assn on Vimeo.

There is a lot happening at NATA! Stay up to date on what’s to come each month in advocacy, engagement and development in this new NATA Now blog series. Check out what else is in store for December, and follow our communication channels throughout the month for more information!

Watch the accompanying video as NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC, gives insight into the new NATA Timely Topics Series, a free event for members focused on giving attendees the chance to connect with thought leaders with anecdotal success within these areas of interest as well as access to a library of related resources (learn more below in the Development section).

Don’t forget: The deadline to renew your NATA membership is Dec. 31. Renew today to maintain your valuable, member-only benefits that assist with professional growth, connection, support and advocacy.


  • This holiday season, consider making a gift to support the NATA Education & Research Foundation through its Health for the Holidays campaign. Every dollar donated will be put to work to advance the athletic training profession through research, education and professional development. You have the opportunity to send a personalized e-card to friends and family when you make a gift in their name. This is especially convenient when trying to find a gift for someone who already has everything they need. You can also make a gift as a memorial honoring someone who has passed. The NATA Foundation requests a donation of $10 per e-card sent, and you can request Health for the Holidays through the end of the year. For more information, visit the NATA Foundation’s website.


  • In the December NATA News, we look back on all the accomplishments made in the 2020 year. From National Athletic Training Month to the 2020 NATA Virtual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic that ATs around the world have addressed. NATA breaks down the year through advocacy, engagement and development. Also included is a look at finances and operations, the NATA Research & Education Foundation report and a final send-off saying goodbye to 2020 and hello to 2021.
  • The Winter Sports Medicine Legal Digest will be published in December. In this issue, NATA discusses the ethical responsibility of collegiate ATs who are no longer required mandatory reporters under new Title IX regulations. Also in the issue, the professional responsibility of an athletic trainer when using social media and how ATs can prep for the 2021 legislative session.
  • The next NATA ATs Care & EDAC Call-In Nights: Addressing Uncertainty in 2020 is at 6 p.m. CST Dec. 10. The ATs Care Commission and EDAC are collaborating on the call-in nights to provide ATs the opportunity to express their emotional reactions to racial injustice, COVID-19 and the overall uncertainty many are experiencing, under the guidance of ATs Care team members trained in ICISF’s Group Intervention. Register on the ATs Care webpage.


  • NATA is launching a new and exciting virtual event series in December. Join us Dec. 1-3 for the first NATA Timely Topics Series event, The AT and Entrepreneurship (Sponsored by: Florida International University Doctor of Athletic Training Program). Created with the assistance of the NATA Council on Practice Advancement, this event will examine athletic training entrepreneurship. This is a great opportunity to learn from ATs who have found success as entrepreneurs as they share their personal journeys and the lessons they’ve learned. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, and resources will be shared after the event for continued learning. The series is free to members and $45 per event for nonmembers.
  • There are two live webinars available this December. To learn more and register, visit the webinar webpage.
    • “LGBTQ+ Harassment: Are you IN or are you OUT?” from 11 a.m. to12:15 p.m. CST Dec. 2
    • “A 360-Degree Approach to Opioid Overdose Education, Prevention & Management for Sports Medicine Professionals” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. CST Dec. 16
  • The ATs Care Critical Incident Stress Management Team is hosting a ATs Care CISM member-only professional development event at 6 p.m. CST Dec. 8. The speaker is George Everly, PhD, FACLP, FAPA. Everly is the clinical director for the national ATs Care team and a founder of International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Inc. Visit the ATs Care webpage to register.
  • The NATA Research & Education Foundation’s Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2021 award cycle. The application and all supporting documents are due Jan. 15, 2021. Visit the NATA Foundation’s website for more information.
  • The NATA Research & Education Foundation’s student writing contest is now accepting submissions. The Athletic Training Student Writing Contest (SWC) is named for Deloss Brubaker, who chaired the contest for its first 30 years. SWC is now in its 41st year. Through this competition, a total of $1,000 is awarded by the NATA Foundation in three different contest divisions. The submission deadline for all entries is Feb. 1, 2021. Students enrolled in their final semester may submit an entry after the deadline and prior to their date of graduation, which will be considered for the next year’s contest. For more information, visit the NATA Foundation’s website.