The PRAT Distinction Award is the NATA Professional Responsibility in Athletic Training (PRAT) Committee’s highest honor to recognize NATA members and nonmembers who have made a substantial contribution to the advancement of legal, ethical, regulatory and professional standards (LERPS) in the area of athletic training and sports medicine.
Before submitting an application, the selection committee encourages NATA members to review the award and its criteria.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR NATA MEMBER
- Must be a current NATA member in good standing
- Must have their BOC certification
- Must have their National Provider Identifier
- Must have a minimum of five years of contribution to the discipline of athletic training
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR NON-MEMBER
- Must not be a current NATA member
- Must not be an athletic trainer
- Must be a current member in good standing of their professional organization (such as American Bar Association)
- Must have made contributions to the advancement of legal, ethical, regulatory, and professional standards in the area of athletic training and sports medicine
- NATA staff members and elected officials are not eligible for the PRAT Non-Member award
The PRAT Distinction Award Nominee Packet must be downloaded, completed, and submitted to PRAT by Oct. 31. The supplied documentation should highlight the nominee's leadership qualities, advocacy and service to the profession that have contributed to the advancement of LERPS in the area of athletic training and sports medicine.
- Submit a completed PRAT Distinction Award Nominee Packet
- Submit the nominee’s CV/résumé
- Submit documentation supporting the nominee’s accomplishments in the below areas
- Deadline for submission of application materials is Oct. 31
Nominations are accepted Aug. 1-Oct. 31.
Nominees will be evaluated on the criteria below:
- Dedication to the athletic training profession through membership
- Current NATA members or retired members
- NATA LERPS-related service, committee work and executive board leadership or professional involvement and achievements
- Such as committee work with the state, district or NATA
- LERPS presentations
- Such as workshops, platforms and poster presentations
- LERPS publications
- Such as peer-review journals
- Media-related events supporting LERPS in athletic training
- Such as social media, NATA Gather, podcast or speaker at conference
The award winner will be notified each year by the PRAT chair and presented with the award at the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo during the PRAT meeting.
2020: Rusty McKune (Member)
2019: Steven Pachman (Non-Member)
2018: Jeff Konin (Member); Eric Quandt (Non-Member)
2017: Jeff McKibbin (Member); Matt Mitten (Non-Member)
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