Program & Development Support



The NATA Foundation is committed to funding excellent programs in the Athletic Training Profession


Free Communications Program

A NATA Foundation sponsored program, Free Communications, is the first chance an AT often gets to present their research and clinical case studies on a topic during the NATA convention. The Free Communications program provides a forum for researchers and clinicians to disseminate research and clinical case studies.  Those abstracts selected by the Committee are published in the Supplement to the Journal of Athletic Training and are presented at the NATA Convention via oral, poster or rapid fire presentation.  To date, almost 5,000 oral and poster presentations have been provided through the Free Communications program.  All program expenses not covered by the submission fee were sponsored by the NATA Foundation.

Free Communication Guidelines

Peer Review Track Instructions 2016(pdf)
Student Exchange Track Instructions 2016(pdf)
Student Exchange Track Instructions 2016(pdf)

Research Mentor Program

The mission of the NATA Foundation Research/Faculty mentor program is to provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members (pre-tenured; less than 6 years of experience as a faculty member) involved in higher education within the athletic training profession.

The NATA Foundation Research/Faculty Mentor Program pairs junior faculty members with established faculty who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating the first several years of employment within higher education. The goal is to form a lasting relationship to help the mentee build a solid knowledge base and acquire an understanding of the balance necessary to becoming a successful researcher and educator. Direction of the relationship and areas of focus will be built upon the mutual interests and goals of the pairings.

Applications for participating in the 2016-2107 program are due May 23rd at noon.

Here is some additional information on the Research Mentor process. (ppt)

In 2015 we had 7 pairs of mentors and mentees and all program expenses were sponsored by the NATA Foundation. Our goal in 2016 is to have 20 participants and the funding to offset the program of $250 per pairing.

We rely on you, our donors, to help us continue the legacy of providing scholarships, grants for research and the ability for our young professionals to participate in our Free Communications program and support a healthy mentor program.

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