Resources for athletic training students

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


Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award 

To help more students attend the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, the NATA Student Leadership Committee offers the Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award. This award will help two to four athletic training students who have never attended the annual NATA convention. Chuck Kimmel First-Time Attendee Award applications are accepted  Feb. 15 - April 15, 2021.

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 Clinical Symposia & AT Expo.


National athletic training month (NATM) Video Contest 

As part of National Athletic Training Month (NATM) 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 contest is open to any entry-level athletic training student. The contest will open February 1, 2022 and close March 22, 2022. The winning video will be honored during the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. Learn more about the Student Leadership Committee NATM Video Contest as well as other NATM resources offered by NATA.

NATA Foundation Student Writing Contest

The NATA Foundation Athletic Training Student Writing Contest (SWC) is named for Deloss Brubaker, who chaired the contest for its first 30 years. The contest recognizes early research-related projects from emerging investigators at the professional level.  Athletic training students enrolled in professional (undergraduate or entry level masters) athletic training programs are eligible to participate. Submissions will be open until February 1, 2021 and winners are announced in the Spring. 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)

COVID-19 Pandemic

NATA Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

We find ourselves in an unprecedented time with the COVID-19 pandemic. NATA is proactively addressing the pandemic on numerous fronts. Read more in a NATA Member Statement published on the NATA Now blog. You can also learn more on the COVID-19 resource page.

SLC Hosted Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19

The NATA Student Leadership Committee hosted a virtual town hall for athletic training students on Facebook Live. Panelists included NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC; BOC President Patrick Sexton, EdD, LAT, ATC; CAATE President Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA; NATA Research & Education Foundation President Brian Conway, LAT, ATC; and ATs Care Commission Chair David Middlemas, EdD, ATC, CCISM. The discussion was moderated by SLC Chair Midge Peterson. 

Educational Resources

search for 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. 

Prepare for BOC Exam with NATA Study Guide

Through two mock exams, the NATA Study Guide for the BOC Exam can help identify your strong and weak knowledge areas so you can better prepare for your certification test. These mock exams will expose you to both the content matter and the “feel” of the BOC exam, increasing your chances of success.

Join a Clinical Immersion Experience

Gather has launched a new tool designed to help athletic training students students search and apply for clinical immersion experiences: the NATA Immersion Experience Search Engine (pdf).  Experiences are only up for about 30 days. Immersion experiences can be posted at any time, and the best way to not miss an opportunity is to sign up for notifications on Gather. Simply click Volunteer and Immersion Opportunities on the drop down tab under Participate, and click “opt in to the volunteer pool” near the top of the page to sign up for notifications. 
If you have a clinical immersion experience you would like to share, fill out the NATA Immersion Experience Host Submission form. View all available immersion experiences on Gather today! 

AT Research Agenda Student Resource

The Athletic Training Research Agenda created infographics for multiple settings, including students, as a way to identify research priorities and unify research with clinical practice. Every member of the AT community has a stake, and it is important take action to improve patient care. Use the infographic to learn how you can incorporate the athletic training research agenda in your practice. Learn more.

NATA Research Survey Service Available

The NATA Research Survey Service is available to members to assist them with their academic research projects. NATA members who need data for research purposes may request research subjects by state, NATA district, member type and/or by work setting. NATA Student Members receive their first 1,000 potential subjects free ($300 Value). Upon completion of the data collection period, a full, unidentified data set and summary profile is returned to the primary investigator.


After years of diligent analysis, leaders of the key athletic training organizations have decided to change the AT degree level to a master’s degree.  The AT Strategic Alliance, which includes NATA, the NATA Research & Education Foundation, the CAATE and the BOC, has created a website to keep athletic trainers updated on changes to the professional degree where you will find FAQs, statements, videos and more. Read the degree change FAQ.

International Academic Programming

When researching international opportunities, there are a number of personal and professional factors to consider. Whether you are a student interested in studying abroad or a faculty member looking to expand your international reach, it can be hard to know where to start. The NATA International Committee has compiled these helpful toolkits to guide NATA student members as you start your global experience. 

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.

Visit the NATA Injury Infographic Library

If you haven’t checked the NATA Injury Infographic Handout Library recently, visit it now to see additions covering topics including mental health and nutrition. The library contains all of the NATA-created injury infographics so you can also browse through previous handouts. You can download and distribute these infographics to use as a resource to educate your community on various injuries and illnesses common to sports medicine. Select infographic topics have been translated into eight different languages.

Grants and Scholarships

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 recipients are recognized during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Reception at the NATA convention.  Scholarship applications are due January 15 and awarded in the spring each year.

NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarships

The NATA Foundation Student Grant program awards student research grants at the doctoral and masters level. Grants are limited to a maximum of $2,500 in direct costs for the doctoral category and $1,000 for the master’s category, over no more than one year. Multiple awards are given each year in both categories. Proposals are due February 15 and awards are announced in the spring each year.

ILead Diversity Grant Program

The NATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) has created a specific application for ethnically diverse athletic training students who would like to attend NATA's iLead student leadership conference but may not have finances to do so.  The iLead Diversity Grant will be offered biennially to help offset the cost to the iLead conference.


Student Membership Campaign

Today's students are tomorrow's certified athletic trainers. NATA's Student Membership Campaign benefits both students and educators. Educators can collect and submit their students' names and member numbers to NATA and will be awarded prizes for their athletic training education program. Learn more about NATA's Student Membership Campaign.  


What do employers want?

The webinar "What Do Employers Want?" presented by W. David Carr, PhD, ATC will focus on providing athletic training students with the inside scoop on what employers are looking for and more information on the soft skills that will help them stand out. Dr. David Carr is an Associate Professor at Missouri State University. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion WEBINAR

“Different Backgrounds, Same Goal: Moving Toward Authentic Diversity in Health Care”  is an experiential conversation focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion moderated by Jacob Schultz. Panelists include Josh Yellen, EdD, LAT, ATC, a Jewish AT who overcame brain cancer; Kemba Noel-London, MAT, ATC, a PhD student in health policy, minority and immigrant adolescent health, sport and physical activity and concussion assessments; Ke’La Porter, ATC, CSCS, a graduate assistant and post-professional master in athletic training at the University of Kentucky; and Caitlyn Heredia, a master's of science in athletic training and kinesiology student at Northern Arizona University. 

"Foundations for the Equitable Care of LGBTQIA+ Patients" Webinar

The webinar "Foundations for the Equitable Care of LGBTQIA+ Patients” presented by Sean Rogers, DAT, ATC and Lyn Meyerhoff, MS, ATC will equip athletic training students with the foundational knowledge required to treat LGBTQIA+ patients. This presentation, moderated by Victoria Simpson, will specifically focus on terminology, appropriate pronoun usage, inclusive documentation, and ethics as it relates to LGBTQIA+ patients. 

mental health webinar

Approximately one in every four to five youths in America meets the criteria for a mental health disorder, and the rate of mental illness is more than twice as high for those ages 18 to 25. To help shed light on the issue and empower athletic training students and athletic trainers with knowledge, the Student Leadership Committee presents the webinar "Mental Health and the Role of the Athletic Trainer in Recognition and Referrals"  by Chris Carr, PhD, HSPP, CMPC. You can read more about the webinar in the blog

Transition to Practice Webinar 

The webinar “The Ins and Outs of Transition to Practice – From Student to Certified” presented by Karen Lew Feirman, DHSc, LAT, ATC explores a variety of important topics, including state licensure and professional liability, along with strategies to help you reach your goals as a working professional.  Transitioning from a student to a working professional can be scary and overwhelming, but Lew Feirman is here to guide you through the intimidating process. You can read more about the webinar in the February NATA News.

'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.

'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 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.

Additional Resources


Gather is the online home for athletic trainers and athletic training students. This members-only forum is an efficient way for you to connect with others in the profession, ask career and/or lifestyle questions and participate in conversations with those who share similar interests. Learn more about Gather with this instructional video and join a community today!

NEED A MENTOR? SIGN UP FOR NATA Mentorship Match Program

The NATA Mentorship Match Program is now up and running on Gather. The goal of the program is to connect students and ATs who are looking for a mentorship relationship and highlight the benefits of a mentor-mentee relationship in these times of uncertain times. Visit Gather and sign up to be a mentor or mentee. Learn how in this new walkthrough video! Read more about NATA's Mentorship Match Program.

BLOG: Tips for ATs Starting Their Careers

After retiring from Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California, following a 38-year career that included time spent as a professor, head athletic trainer and treatment center coordinator, Bobby Boswell, ATC, forged a new path working internationally. After providing care to athletes in 72 international competitions that took place in 41 countries, Boswell picked up a few pearls of wisdom between Fresno and Tokyo, Japan, to share with those starting their careers in athletic training. Learn more.

BLOG: Interviewing Tips

Whether you are looking for a job in the secondary school, college, clinical or another setting, the NATA Now blog has some helpful interviewing tips when meeting with a prospective employer. 

NATA Quiz Bowl

The NATA Quiz Bowl is an annual competition that takes place at the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo. 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 2019 Quiz Bowl at NATA PhotoZone.

Quiz Bowl Winners

Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Maria Koenen
Presentation College
  • Krystle Schweers
South Dakota State University
  • Kaitlin Reece

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