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The Athletic Training Licensure Board was created in 1990 as part of Ohio Senate Bill 80. The function of this board is to interpret, implement and regulate the practice of athletic training in Ohio. The law's definition of athletic training is "the practice of prevention, recognition, and assessment of athletic injury and the complete management, treatment, disposition, and reconditioning of acute athletic injuries upon the referral of a practitioner licensed under Chapter 4731 of the Revised Code.....". Athletic training also includes organization and administration of educational programs and athletic facilities, and the education of and consulting with the public as it pertains to athletic training. According to this law no person may represent themselves as an athletic trainer or use the title "Athletic Trainer" or "Certified Athletic Trainer" or use the letters "A.T.,C.", "ATC", "L/ATC" , or "C.A.T." unless licensed.


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 30,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA - to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually. The NATA national office currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to support NATA's mission.


The Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association. The objective of the organization is to: advance, encourage, and improve the athletic training profession in all its phases. To promote a better working relationship amoung those persons interested in the profession of athletic training. To further develop the ability of each of its members. To better serve the common interest of its members. To enable members to become better acquainted personally through casual good fellowship.


The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) sets the standards for the practice of athletic training. The BOC is the only accredited certifying body for Athletic Trainers in the US. The BOC was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level Athletic Trainers and recertification standards for Certified Athletic Trainers. The entry-level certification program is designed to establish standards for entry in to the athletic training profession.


The mission of the CAATE is to provide comprehensive accreditation services to institutions that offer Athletic Training degree programs and verify that all CAATE-accredited programs meet the acceptable educational standards for professional (entry-level) athletic training education.