History of Athletic Training(NATA)

  • Foundation of Athletic Training

    Foundation of Athletic Training
    The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) was founded in 1950 when the first meeting of the NATA took place in Kansas City. About 200 athletic trainers assembled to discuss the future of their profession. The mission of NATA is to enhance the quality of health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and to advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilition of injuries.
  • Athletic Curriculum Model

    Athletic Curriculum Model
    The first athletic curriculum model was devolped to prepare students with proper athletic training skills as well as teaching skills. This model emphasized attaining a secondary-level teaching credential. The athletic curriculim included courses that were a prerequiste for the acceptance in physical therapy schools.
  • Subcommittee on Certification and Professional Education

    Subcommittee on Certification and Professional Education
    At this point the implementation of new athletic training programs needed more emphasis. The committee on gaining recognition was split into two subcategories. These two committess were the Subcommittee on Professional Education and the Subcommittee on Certification.
  • First Certification Examination

    First Certification Examination
    This was the year of the first certification examination. The first certification examination was held in Waco, Texas at the Southwestern Athletic Training meeting.
  • Approval of programs by NATA

    Approval of programs by NATA
    NATA approved all undergraduate programs to offer a major in athletic training in all athletic education programs.
  • Publication of Guidelines

    Publication of Guidelines
    The publication in the Guidelines magazine noted the athletic training major as well as two other features to the program. The first was the inclusion of specific subject matter requirements instead of specific courses and the second was the Competencies in Athletic Training which replaced the behavioral objectives of the 1970's.
  • AMA Recognition

    AMA Recognition
    AMA recognizes Athletic Training as an allied health profession. AMA also included credibilty of profession.
  • Establishment of CAAHEP

    Establishment of CAAHEP
    The CAHEA was disbanded and a new organization was then formed which became known as the Commission on Accredidation of Allied Health Education Programs.
  • National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification

    National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification
    NATABOC recommended all Athletic Training education programs be accredited by CAAHEP (Commision Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program) by 2004 or students will be ineligible for the NATABOC certification exam.
  • NATA adopts recommendations

    NATA adopts recommendations
    What is Athletic Training?The NATA Board of Directors adopted several reccommendations submitted by the NATA Education Task Force to address the education and proffesional preparation of certified athletic trainers.
  • Education Council

    Education Council
    NATA established the Education Council to dictate the course of educational preparation for Athletic Training students.