As students engage in clinical experience and prepare for the board of certification exam, the NATA’s position statements are an essential tool to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our patients. These comprehensive, evidence-based research items are supported by experts in our field, and have been accepted by organizations such as NFHS, NCAA, and other governing entities.
In the age of internet access at the tips of our fingers, quality research can get lost in the shuffle. Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who require evidence-based, peer-reviewed research in order to advance the profession and provide the best available care to those we serve. Resources such as Purdue Library have a public page dedicated to helping students know the difference between satisfactory and unsatisfactory articles.
Please see the NATA’s page on obtaining an NPI number. Obtaining an NPI helps to distinguish athletic trainers as medical professionals and allows for third-party billing opportunities.