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.

NATA is Listening

While this may be a new awakening for some, racial inequity and racial violence have deep roots in this country. Public displays of support are important. Additionally true healing and big steps toward resolution will require ALL of us to demand change, take individual action and take collective action. Change requires each of us to get involved.

Compassionate care is not only in our code of ethics, but it is at the core of our practice as athletic trainers. Now is an opportunity to turn our compassion into action in support of our black friends, colleagues and the patients we serve, throughout the country. Therefore, we want to hear from you. 

NATA is Listening Form




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 increase diversity within the athletic training profession. NATA also offers Diversity Enhancement Grants, overseen by the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee.

NATA members have access to demographic information that breaks down ethnic diversity within the membership, including ethnicity statistics sorted by job setting, gender, membership category and district. Members can access information in the Member Resource section.




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. 

For more resources, visit the Inclusion Resource page to learn more about the NATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee's ongoing resources and initiatives to advance the health care of LGBTQ+ patients and advocate for an environment of inclusion, respect, equity and appreciation of differences in both ATs and their diverse patient populations.


Continuing Education

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