2018 Research Award Criteria & Nomination Information

The NATA Research & Education Foundation is committed to encouraging research among athletic trainers who can contribute to the athletic training knowledge base. A strategy for achieving this goal is to provide formal recognition for outstanding athletic training researchers. To that end, the NATA Foundation has established an awards program to acknowledge and reward those individuals whose work helps fulfill that goal.

The Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, the New Investigator Award and the Doctoral Dissertation Award are presented annually to deserving researchers among the NATA membership.

To nominate an individual for a 2018 Research Award, submit his/her name, e-mail, mailing address and phone number to Skylar Gorman at skylarg@nata.org by September 29th. Upon receipt of the nomination, NATA Foundation staff will send the candidate an award application, along with a request for a CV and three letters of recommendation outlining the candidate’s scholarly contributions.

Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research

  1. Purpose
    The NATA Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research recognizes an established researcher who has sustained a prolific body of work that has contributed to research in the field of athletic training and health care.
  2. Eligibility
    (as of October 1 of the nomination year)
  • The nominee must possess a doctoral degree.
  • At least fifteen (15) years must have passed from the date of degree conferral and the nomination deadline.
  • The nominee must be a current NATA member and BOC certified athletic trainer in good standing.
  • Current members of the NATA Foundation Research Committee and Board of Directors are not eligible for consideration for this award.
  1. Selection Criteria

The candidate’s full research portfolio will be evaluated for the following:

  • The nominee must have demonstrated a prolific and sustained body of research in athletic training.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated a focused and productive research career that has advanced theory and significantly impacted the athletic training profession.
  • The following will also be considered:
    • Quality and consistency of work over time
    • Ability to sustain research funding support consistent with area of research
    • Sustained level of excellence in a single focused area
    • Clearly demonstrated research independence
  1. Selection Process
    Nominations: Nominations are solicited from the membership of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  To nominate an individual, members need only submit the nominee’s name, e-mail, physical address and phone number to the NATA Foundation office. A person may nominate only one candidate annually for this award.

Solicitation of Information: Candidates who accept the nomination are required to submit an information form, CV and three letters of recommendation outlining his/her scholarly contributions.

Evaluation of Materials: The NATA Foundation Research Committee is responsible for evaluating the candidates and making a recommendation to the NATA Foundation Board of Directors.

Selection: The NATA Foundation Board of Directors may formally select one award recipient annually.

Notification: The Research Committee Chair will notify the recipient.

New Investigator Award

  1. Purpose
    The New Investigator Award recognizes a researcher who is likely to continue to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in athletic training and health care.
  2. Eligibility for Consideration
  • The nominee must have completed a doctoral degree within the last 7 years.
  • The nominee must hold an academic rank no higher than assistant professor for the semester prior to the October nomination.
  • The nominee must be first author on a research publication beyond his/her dissertation.
  • The nominee must be a current NATA member and BOC certified athletic trainer in good standing.
  1. Selection Criteria

The candidate’s full research portfolio will be evaluated for the following:

  • The nominee demonstrates the beginning of an independent research trajectory beyond mentor’s area of research.
  • The nominee demonstrates activities that enhance competitiveness for sustaining research funding support consistent with area of research.
  • The nominee’s research should have potential to impact the athletic training profession.
  • The nominee demonstrates a single focused, quality line of research in an area of importance to athletic training.
  1. Selection Process

Nominations: Nominations are solicited from the membership of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  To nominate an individual, members need only submit the nominee’s name, e-mail, mailing address and phone number to the NATA Foundation office.  A person may nominate only one candidate annually for this award.

Solicitation of Information: Candidates who accept the nomination are required to submit an information form, CV and three letters of recommendation attesting to his/her scholarly contributions.

Evaluation of Materials: The NATA Foundation Research Committee is responsible for evaluating the candidates and making a recommendation to the NATA Foundation Board of Directors.

Selection: The NATA Foundation Board of Directors may formally select one award recipient annually.

Notification: The Research Committee Chair will notify the recipient.

Doctoral Dissertation Award

Presented in Honor of David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC, FNATA

Sponsored by Friends of Dr. Perrin

  1. Purpose
    The Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding doctoral student research in athletic training and health care.
  2. Honoree
    This award is presented in honor of David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC, FNATA, an NATA member who has made significant contributions to athletic training research and education. A clear hallmark of Dr. Perrin’s career is his pioneering of terminal degrees in sports medicine. Because of Dr. Perrin’s leadership, many graduates now serve as faculty members in higher education across the country and are making significant contributions as program directors, clinical supervisors and award-winning scholars. This award is a fitting tribute to Dr. Perrin’s passion for mentoring and developing future scholars.
  3. Eligibility
    (as of October 1 of the nomination year)
  • The nominee should be no more than three (3) years post-conferral of his/her first doctoral degree.
  • The nominee must be the principal author of a published (or accepted for publication) manuscript (the seminal paper) that emanates from his/her dissertation research.
  • The nominee must be a current NATA member and BOC certified athletic trainer in good standing.
  1. Selection Criteria
  • The study and dissertation publication should reflect a high level of quality.
  • The dissertation publication should have impact and relevance to athletic training and health care of the physically active.
  • The dissertation publication should indicate future potential for a focused line of research.
  1. Selection Process
    Nominations: A letter of nomination must be submitted by the candidate’s dissertation adviser, or by a member of his/her dissertation committee. The letter should outline the reasons the nominee is deserving of consideration for this award. The written nomination must be received by the NATA Foundation within one (1) year of the publication (or acceptance for publication) of the candidate’s manuscript.An individual may nominate only one candidate annually for this award.

Solicitation of Information: Nominees are required to submit a paragraph defining their focused line of research, a personal vita and only the seminal published manuscript from the dissertation. A copy of the manuscript submitted for publication, along with a letter confirming its acceptance for future publication, will be considered.

Evaluation of Materials: The NATA Foundation Research Committee is responsible for evaluating the candidates and recommending a winner to the NATA Foundation Board of Directors.

Selection: The NATA Foundation Board of Directors formally selects one award recipient annually.

Notification: The Research Committee Chair will notify the recipient.