Cultural Competence

Cultural Competence

Patient values are individual characteristics such as gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status that can influence health and well-being.

As health care providers, it’s important for athletic trainers to consider patient values during their clinical decision-making process. Culturally competent health care providers understand how these values influence outcomes and can positively or negatively impact the patient’s experience.



Cultural Sensitivity 


For  more resources related to ethnic diversity in athletic training, visit the Diversity "Resources" page to learn more about the NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee's ongoing resources and initiatives to advance the health care of ethnically diverse patients and to increase diversity within the athletic training profession. 

NATA also offers Diversity Enhancement Grants, overseen by the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.




The NATA Board of Directors approved the creation of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee in September 2017, which will advocate for LGBTQ+ athletic trainers and patients through research, education and community support. 


Continuing Education

The following courses are a sampling of those offered in NATA Professional Development Center related to cultural competence: