Professional Responsibility in Athletic Training Award for Distinction in the Advancement of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues

Award Overview

The PRAT Distinction Award is the Professional Responsibility in Athletic Training (PRAT) Committee’s highest honor to recognize NATA members and non-members who have made a substantial contribution to the advancement of legal, ethical, and regulatory issues in the area of athletic training and sports medicine.  The selection committee encourages the sponsor, who is a NATA member, to review the award and its criterion before submitting the nominee as an applicant.  Recommendation letters from the sponsor are NOT limited to one page, as a concise narrative of the nominee on how he/she relates to the award is necessary to recognize the best candidate.  The selection committee also asks that the sponsor submit the nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume along with the letter.


PRAT Award eligibility for NATA member

  • Current BOC certification
  • Current member of the NATA in good standing
  • Current NPI Number
  • At least five (5) years of contribution to the discipline of athletic training
  • Signed disclosure of LERPs violations (download disclosure form)


PRAT Award eligibility for non-member award

  • Non-athletic trainer
  • Current member in good standing of their professional trade organization, such as the American Bar Association
  • Made contributions to the advancement of legal, ethical or regulatory issues in athletic training and sports medicine, in general.
  • NATA staff members and elected officials are not eligible for the PRAT non-member award.



Nomination process

  • Letter of support from the sponsor
  • Nominee’s CV/resume
  • Nominee signing a declaration of LER violations (download disclosure form)
  • Deadline for submission of application materials is December 1st to the NATA staff liaison.


The award will be awarded at the PRAT education session at the NATA symposium.


award winners:

2020: Russell McKune (Member)

Nominate a NATA member

Please note that, in accordance with NATA policies, current members of the PRAT or members that are about to be appointed to the PRAT are not able to be a nominee.

Please download the PRAT Acknowledgement form and rename when saving. Complete the form and upload the renamed file below.

Nominate a non-member