Sports Medicine Legal Digest

Read the Sports Medicine Legal Digest, a quarterly digital newsletter for NATA members that tracks legal and legislative issues in the athletic training field.



Designed to keep athletic trainers and other health care professionals abreast of current issues related to risk, liability and professional responsibility in sports medicine, the Sports Medicine Legal Digest has been created to:

  • Keep athletic trainers informed on current legal issues that could affect their daily practice
  • Help ATs protect themselves from future liability by educating them on current issues
  • Support and help to make the case for AT value and impact on work, life and sport


Each issue of the publication will feature legal case summaries relevant to sports medicine health care professionals, a column from the NATA Professional Responsibility Committee addressing ethical dilemmas and a Q&A with a health care provider occupying a unique role related to liability within sports medicine and athletic training.


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