Athletic Training Professional Organizations


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Michigan Athletic Training Society

Is a state level professional organization for athletic trainers, athletic training students, and those who seek to promote the profession.  The objective of MATS is to advance, encourage and improve the Athletic Training profession in the state of Michigan through education, legislation, and other professional opportunities.

Areas of interest for the athletic training students are:

  • MATS Annual Meeting - held in June for both professional and student athletic trainers.
  • MATS Student Conference and Bowl - this conference is geared towards students only from all Michigan Athletic Training University/Colleges Programs held in late October
  • Athletic Training MATS Student Scholarship - due annually at the start of April
  • Serve on the MATS Student Committee
    • The student committee member position requires an individual who possesses a great attitude, displays a desire to participate and contribute, and is willing to represent athletic training students from the state of Michigan in a positive manner. Applicants must be willing to encourage students to become involved in the athletic training profession at any level, be informed of issues in athletic training that may affect students and future professionals, and participate in all functions required of a committee member.  Student committee members are primarily responsible for planning and implementing the MATS Annual Student Seminar, assisting in projects of the ATS Committee, and participate in executive council functions through MATS.  Students not fulfilling these requirements may be dismissed from the ATS committee position.
  • Serve as the MATS Student Senator to GLATA - Applications due in December
    • The student senate position requires an individual who possess a positive attitude, displays a desire to participate and contribute, and is willing to represent students from the state of Michigan in a positive manner. Applicants must be willing to encourage students to become involved in the athletic training profession at any level, be informed of issues in athletic training that may affect students and future professionals, and participate in all functions required of a senator. At the district level, the student senators are primarily responsible for planning and implementing the GLATA Winter Meeting Student Education Program (SEP), encouraging students to attend the SEP from the state of Michigan, and learn the governance structure at the district and state level. At the state level, the Michigan student senators will serve in an advisory capacity to the Athletic Training Student Committee and participate in executive council functions through MATS. 
  • Young Professional Committee - was created to address issues of athletic trainers face when they being their professional career. This committee is comprised of both current students and young professionals athletic trainers.  

Membership Fees:

  • Non-Certified Student - $10
  • Certified Professional - $35

(you can be a member of just this organization only or pay for NATA membership which includes this fee)


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Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association

GLATA (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association) strives to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active, promote the athletic trainer and advance the profession of athletic training through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries. In 1950, NATA (National Athletic Trainers' Association) and District 4, the GLATA, was established.  GLATA represents District 4 of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). As part of the federation of the 10 NATA districts, GLATA integrated with the national association, but operate independently with their own board and agenda. However, membership dues for District 4 are paid along with your NATA dues.

Areas of interest for students:

  • GLATA Student Senator MATS representative (see above)
  • GLATA Annual Symposium - they have a professional and student tracks held in March

There is no separate membership, you must be a member of NATA (See below).


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National Athletic Trainers’ Association

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 43,000 members worldwide today. 

Areas of interest for students:

  • NATA Annual Convention - For professional and Student Track
  • Research Grants
  • Scholarships
  • NATA Student Resources - Connect, Resources and Ways to Get Involved.
  • Career Center - Current Job Postings and Graduate Assistant positions.
  • Young Professional Committee - was created to address issues of athletic trainers who are in the first 12 years after initial certification/licensure. It develops strategies to increase recruitment, retention, volunteer involvement and convention attendance among young athletic training professionals. The YPC provides programs, activities and educational opportunities to address young professional needs. The committee also promotes professional socialization of young professionals.
  • Statements - Position, Official, Consensus, and Support Statements

Membership Fees for Michigan Residents

  • Non-Certified Student = $75
  • Certified Student = $114
  • Certified Professional = $259

(the fee includes memberships to GLATA and MATS)



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