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NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  “The professional membership association for certified athletics trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.”


NATA-ECE: Executive Committee for Education is a committee within the NATA that provides the direction for athletic training education. 


BOC: Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.  To become a certified athletic trainer, you must graduate from a CAATE-accredited institution and pass the BOC exam.  The BOC administers the certification exam for athletic trainer candidates and sets standards for recertification.

CAATE: Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.  This agency provides accreditation to institutions offering athletic training degree programs.

KATS: Kentucky Athletic Trainers’ Society.  State membership association for certified athletic trainers.

SEATA: Southeast Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Regional membership association for certified athletic trainers.

NATAREF:  A nonprofit corporation separate from the NATA that supports research and other scholarly endeavors for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.


KBML: Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. To work as an athletic trainer in the State of Kentucky, you must be certified by the KBML. 


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