National Athletic Training Month is held every March to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers.


Athletic trainers are highly-skilled health care professionals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to provide compassionate health care for athletes, patients, soldiers, workers and performers. March is National Athletic Training Month, a time to celebrate the positive impact ATs have on work, life and sport. National Athletic Training Month is sponsored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the professional members association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. NATA represents more than 45,000 members worldwide.

NATM 2018

“Compassionate Care for All,” the theme of this year’s National Athletic Training Month, is based on the AT Manifesto and NATA Code of Ethics. Below are just a few ways that athletic trainers provide compassionate care for all patients.

  • Athletic trainers save lives. Athletic trainers trained to treat acute injuries and illnesses such as concussion, cardiac arrest, cervical spine injuries and heat illness. Athletic trainers also manage chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, asthma or sickle cell, to ensure that athletes can safely practice and play.
  • Athletic trainers are experts. Athletic trainers are able to reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for student athletes, which translates to fewer doctor’s visits, lower absenteeism from school and faster return to activity.
  • Athletic trainers reduce risk. The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association and American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend the utilization of athletic trainers at schools that offer sports for improved athlete safety.



March is National Athletic Training Month, a time to celebrate the positive impact ATs have on work, life and sport. Below are 5 ways you can thank an AT:

  1. Record and share your own #ATShoutout on social media.
  2. Display posters or advertisements thanking ATs on your bulletin boards, locker rooms, etc.
  3. Run a short video about ATs on your jumbotron during a game or pep rally.
  4. Contact your local media with a press release about a way that ATs have personally affected you.
  5. Send a handwritten note to your AT.

We have compiled some additional ideas and resources on how to show your appreciation during NATM 2018.

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