Resources for athletic training students

NATA offers several resources relevant to athletic training students including statistics, mentoring opportunities, scholarships and a national distinction award.

Student Leadership Committee NPI Contest

As part of National Athletic Training Month in March, the NATA Student Leadership Committee is asking students to take their involvement in NATM one step further by participating in a nationwide competition to encourage students to obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI). Each athletic training education program should submit a list of students with their respective NPI by March 15. (International students should not be included.) The SLC has created a Google form to assist in this process. At the end of the contest, whichever program has the highest percentage of students with an NPI will win a $100 gift card. Learn more about the Student Leadership Committee NPI Contest.


'Putting on Your Oxygen Mask Before Helping Others' Webinar

The webinar “Putting On Your Oxygen Mask Before Helping Others: From Wanting Life-Work Balance to Living Life-Work Balance,” presented by Kenneth Games, PhD, LAT, ATC, examines how being selfish is needed in order to be selfless. Games discusses ways in which someone can shift their perception of work-life balance from a "goal" to a "way of life."


'When Boundaries Blur' Webinar

The “When the Boundaries Blur” webinar, presented by Michael Goldenberg, MS, ATC, examines how secondary school administrators and clinical managers might handle a situation in which an athletic trainer comes forward and admits to having feelings for a student and, likewise, when an athletic trainer senses that a student has feelings for him/her. Goldenberg also investigate some of the factors that might cause someone to cross that boundary, as well as some of the warning signs associated with this situation. You can read more about the webinar in the November NATA News.


NATM Video Contest

As part of National Athletic Training Month in March, the NATA Student Leadership Committee will once again hold its annual video contest. Students will have the opportunity to promote the profession of athletic training by capturing the heart of the profession on film. This year, videos should be based on the 2019 NATM theme “ATs Are Health Care.” The contest was open to any entry-level athletic training student. The winning video will be honored during the 70th NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Learn more about the Student Leadership Committee NATM Video Contest as well as other NATM resources offered by NATA.


Cover Letters, Résumés, References Webinar

To help students put their best foot forward and guide them as they apply for internships, job positions and educational programs, the NATA Student Leadership Committee presents the “Cover Letters, Résumés, References: Setting Yourself Up for Success” webinar by District One Director Tim Weston, MEd, ATC. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins and outs of what employers look for when evaluating prospective job candidates from an athletic training profession leader.


Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award

To help more students attend the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, the NATA Student Leadership Committee is now offering the Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award. This award will provide a total of $2,000 in award money to two to four athletic training students who have never attended the annual convention. Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and April 15.


Education After Graduation: What's Next?

The Educational Pathways Document, created by a work group comprised of members of the NATA Executive Committee for Education and NATA Post-Professional Education Committee, breaks down each educational possibility available after an athletic trainer earns his/her bachelor’s or master’s degree and becomes certified. In addition to outlining what comes next for AT students after graduation and certification,  the document also explains the differences between each option (ie: fellowship vs. residency) and offers additional resources and considerations. The Educational Pathways document is designed to be a living document and will be updated as new resources and information become available.


NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarships

The NATA Foundation Scholarship Program, which is managed by the Scholarship Committee, awards undergraduate, master’s and doctoral scholarships. The number of scholarships varies annually (from 50 to 75), with the amount of the award currently $2,300 per scholarship. Scholarship funding is secured through a variety of sources, including the organization’s endowment program, as well as through corporate and individual support. Scholarship winners are awarded during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Reception at the NATA convention.




View and purchase more photos from the 2018 reception at NATA PhotoZone.


CAATE Accredited Educational Programs

The Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) is responsible for evaluating three different types of educational programs in athletic training: Professional Programs, Post-Professional Degree Programs and Post-Professional Residency Programs. The CAATE website offers a tool that allows you to search all of the accredited programs at each level. 


DeLoss Brubaker Undergraduate Student Writing Contest

The DeLoss Brubaker Undergraduate Student Writing Contest (USWC) was initiated to recognize early research-related projects from emerging investigators at the undergraduate level. The annual competition includes three categories, with an award being given to the top submission in each:

  • Best Original Research Paper ($500)
  • Case Study ($250)
  • Best Literature Review ($250)


Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award

The Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award was established to recognize one of the true pioneers in athletic training -- and to give deserving students assistance in attending the NATA Convention.


NATA Quiz Bowl

The NATA Quiz Bowl is an annual competition that takes place at the NATA convention. The event features ten teams, one representing each district, competing in a Jeopardy style format. Questions range from athletic training history to medical diagnoses.



View and purchase more photos from the 2018 Quiz Bowl at NATA PhotoZone.


 Quiz Bowl Winners


Chapman University

  • Sandra Godinez
  • Tyler King
  • Nicole Natsumi Nootbaar

University of Texas at Arlington

  • Hillary Avila
  • Adam Greer
  • Ryan Kacvinsky

Washington State University

  • Ricky Ayala
  • Alee Bryan
  • Elias Whitefoot

University of LaVerne

  • Hope Allen
  • Nysa Allen
  • Anastacia Fraijo

California Baptist University

  • Corrie Bober
  • Kelsie Gartner
  • Naclaysia McGee

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

  • Steven Klein
  • Evan Schmidt
  • Dalton Venden

Keene State College

Northeastern University

  • Nicole Curry
  • Gretchen Dressel

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • Cody Bremner
  • Shun Jinnouchi
  • Christine Samson