Resources to help advance college/university ATs

NATA and its Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine offer a variety of helpful resources for the college/university setting including presentations, sample protocols and studies.

ICSM Transition to Practice Guide

The purpose of this document is to help assist a newly credentialed athletic trainer transition into their new work environment and help seasoned ATs transition in a new work environment in the collegiate setting. This document focuses on four main components of transitioning into the collegiate setting: human resources, orientation, mentorship and performance goals.

ICSM Transition to Practice Guide


ICSM Guidance on the Interassociation Recommendations: Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletics

The purpose of this document is to provide suggestions by NATA's ICSM for becoming and maintaining compliance with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Recommendations document, approved as policy Aug. 1, 2019, by the NCAA Board of Governors, stemming from the 2016 NCAA Safety in College Football Summitt.  

ICSM Guidance on the Interassociation Recommendations: Preventing Catastrophic Injury and Death in Collegiate Athletics (pdf)


ICSM Appropriate Contact with Minors Document

The document provides guidelines for health care providers in the areas of physical contact, communication and documentation when interacting with minors.  

Appropriate Contact with Minors (pdf)


10 for 10 Presentations on Common Collegiate Health and Safety Issues

The original concept for the “10 for 10” presentations was to provide collegiate athletic trainers with 10 presentations with around 10 slides on common health and safety issues affecting college athletes. The number of presentations has grown past 10 and topics will continue to be added. Each presentation can be modified by the athletic trainer and will be useful for meetings with coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes.

10 for 10 Presentations


Appropriate Medical Coverage of Intercollegiate Athletics (AMCIA)

NATA's recommendations and guidelines for appropriate medical coverage of intercollegiate athletics offer college and university health care providers a system by which they can evaluate their current level of coverage for student athletes. These recommendations have been created for the safety of student athletes competing at the collegiate level. To that end, certified athletic trainers in this setting must have a thorough understanding of the recommendations before implementing the system.

AMCIA Recommendations and Guidelines


Collegiate Injury Study - Trends and Prevention

Fact sheets, charts and videos based on the findings of the groundbreaking NCAA and NATA Collegiate Athletic Injuries Trends and Preventions Report (2007).

Collegiate Injury Study - Trends and Prevention


College/University Awards

The Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine awards a variety of recognitions each year to athletic trainers who work in the college/university setting. These awards include Head Athletic Trainer of the Year, Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year, New Horizon and Above and Beyond. You can see each award's criteria, past winners and nominate someone for an award on the college/university awards page.


NCAA Division II Workouts and Checklist

NCAA Division II Summer Strength and Conditioning Workouts


Strength and conditioning sessions have become an integral part of athletic preparation. An appropriately structured strength and conditioning program can serve to prevent injury, complement skill, and enhance an athlete’s overall performance.

 NCAA Proposal No. 2-20 (outlined below) passed with a vote of 108-60 during the January 2014 NCAA meeting. This proposal allows NCAA Division II institutions to conduct on campus summer conditioning workouts for football beginning June 1, 2014.


Proposal No. 2014-13 (No. 2-20): Football Summer Workouts

 In football, specifies that beginning June 1 through the conclusion of an institution’s summer vacation period, strength and conditioning personnel may design and conduct workout programs for student-athletes, as specified.
The proposal would require the strength and conditioning coach conducting such workouts to:

  • Perform strength and conditioning duties for at least one other intercollegiate team at the institution during the academic year.
  •  Be certified through a national strength and conditioning program.
  •  Maintain a current certification in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED) use.

The NATA College & University Athletic Trainers’ Committee has available the following resources to assist the NCAA Division 2 athletic trainers as they address institutionally Proposal No. 2-20: Football Summer Workouts.

NCAA Division II Summer Football Workout Checklist

The NATA’s College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee has developed the NCAA Division II Summer Football Workout Checklist (pdf) for the NCAA Division II athletic trainer to utilize for planning and preparation prior to the implementation of these conditioning sessions.

All athletic training and strength & conditioning personnel should note the following recommendations and guidelines as described in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association position statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sport that was released in 2012. The document provides valuable best-practice information regarding the prevention, treatment and emergency care of the common injuries or conditions that result in sudden death to student athletes.


2016 NJCAA AT Executive Board and Email Signup

After 10 days of being open to respondents, the NJCAA AT Executive Board has been elected. You can email any of the board members with questions on what you can do to help NJCATA by clicking their names.

President- Kyle Roepnack, Herkimer College 

Vice Presidents- Danelle Dykstra Wade, South Mountain Community College and Kyle Norris, Iowa Lakes Community College

Secretaries- Aimee Brunelle, Jamestown Community College and Shannon Gehr, Iowa Western Community College


Useful Links

Player Safety in College Football (pptx)

University of West Alabama's Repository for Policies, Procedures & Administrative Forms

CAATE Certified College Athletic Training Programs by State

NCAA Best Practices and Recommendations Endorsed by NATA

Sidelined USA provides support and resources for athletes who have been permanently sidelined due to career-ending injury, health condition, or repeat concussion and inspires them to find a meaningful way forward.