Athletic trainers are health care professionals who provide our community a safer approach to work, life, and sport.
Learn how athletic trainers in Virginia keep your state healthy, safe and thriving.
What's the Mission of the Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association?
The Virginia Athletic Trainers' Association (VATA) is committed to improving the quality of health care for Virginian’s through education, advocacy, and cooperative efforts with other health care professionals and organizations. We actively promote the profession and represent the interests of its membership with integrity.
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What is an Athletic Trainer?
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association defines athletic trainers (ATs) as highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals specifically trained in the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of medical conditions and emergent, acute and chronic injuries. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.
Where Are Athletic Trainers Employed?
Athletic trainers provide health care in many settings, from clinics and hospitals to performing arts and even aeronautics.
What's the Value of Employing an Athletic Trainer?
The value of an athletic trainers may differ in the eyes of the principal, school board member, athletic director, teacher, coach, parent, employer, legislator and student-athlete. At Your Own Risk has created handouts explaining the value that athletic trainers bring to many different organizations.
Six Ways You Can Get Involved in Virginia
Whether you are the parent of a student athlete or the administrator of a school district, you can do your part. Whether you are a legislator or an employer, you can make a difference. Here are some ways you can get involved in your community.
The VATA is committed to improving the quality of health care for Virginian’s through education, advocacy, and cooperative efforts with other health care professionals and organizations.
The Safe Sports School Award recognizes schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.
NATA is actively engaging legislators and other health care coalitions and organizations in an effort to raise the profile of the athletic training profession. Through our education efforts to these groups, we promote the recognition of ATs.
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Every team deserves an athletic trainer. Learn more about hiring an AT.
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