Athletic Trainers are multiskilled health care professionals who are college educated to provide services for those who are physically active. At this time, Athletic Trainers have a minimum of a bachelors degree from a four-year accredited institution; however, more than forty percent of nationally certified Athletic Trainers in Pennsylvania have masters or doctoral degrees. The education of Athletic Trainers is steeped heavily in the basic and applied sciences, such as chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and sociology. There also is a strong clinical internship requirement for all Athletic Training students, mandating experience under a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. Pennsylvania boasts one of the highest number of accredited Athletic Training Programs in the nation (20).
MISSION, VISION & BELIEFS
The mission of the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society is to:
Empower Athletic Trainers to be leaders in transforming healthcare by advocating, educating and providing resources to deliver quality patient-centered healthcare.
The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society is a progressive organization of health care professionals who work under the direction of a licensed physician. Licensed Athletic Trainers working in the Commonwealth protect and enhance the health and welfare of our clients through prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries. Further, the society's vision is to continue to promote our profession and to serve the needs of the membership.
The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society believes that the strength of this society is derived from the membership and the values we uphold. These values include:
Possessing a deep passion for the athletic training profession
Holding athletic training to the highest professional standards by practicing moral and ethical behaviors
Encouraging the continuous improvement and advancement of the athletic training profession
Demonstrating empathy for our clients
Delivering current, quality, and evidence based health care
Valuing a strong sense of family, both personally and professionally
Recognizing and respecting diversity
Serving as a resource for the public
Valuing camaraderie and collaboration
Exhibiting adaptive, flexible, and creative solutions
CODE OF ETHICS
The Code of Ethics sets forth ethical standards, obligations, and responsibilities that an Athletic Trainer exercises in carrying out his/her professional responsibilities. The Code of Ethics also instills the member's obligation to promote the value and importance of Athletic Training and the Athletic Trainer. Related Standards of Practice further define those ethical standards and obligations as set forth in the Code of Ethics.The Standards of Practice serve as a guide for the individual Athletic Trainer in the everyday conduct of his/her professional duties.
Athletic Trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who are college educated to provide services for those who are physically active. At this time, Athletic Trainers have a minimum of a bachelors degree from a four-year accredited institution; however, more than seventy percent of nationally certified Athletic Trainers have masters or doctoral degrees. The education of Athletic Trainers is steeped heavily in the basic and applied sciences, such as chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and sociology. There also is a strong clinical internship requirement for all Athletic Training students, mandating experience under a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. Pennsylvania boasts the one of the highest number of accredited Athletic Training Programs in the nation (25). To learn more about the Pennsylvania universities which offer accredited Athletic Training Programs, CLICK HERE.
Athletic Trainers are educated to function within a scope of practice which includes 12 competency areas identified by the Board of Certification (BOC):
Risk Management and Injury Prevention
Pathology of Injuries and Illnesses
Assessment and Evaluation
Acute Care of Injury and Illness
General Medical Conditions and Disabilities
Nutritional Aspects of Injury and Illness
Psychosocial Intervention and Referral
Health Care Administration
Professional Development and Responsibilities
These competency areas fall under the following domains: domains include the prevention of injuries and illness, the recognition, evaluation, and immediate care of injuries (first aid and emergency care), and referral of illnesses, rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries, health care administration, and professional development and responsibility. Athletic Trainers provide services to athletes and physically active individuals of all levels of physical and mental ability.
The national professional organization for Athletic Trainers, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), was established in 1950, and now has over 25,000 members. The NATA is divided into ten distinct districts. Pennsylvania is a member of NATA District-II along with New York, Delaware, and New Jersey. NATA District-I and NATA District-II form a regional organization known as the Eastern Athletic Trainers' Association (EATA). The American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, and the American Medical Association cooperate to establish, maintain, and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in Athletic Training.
To find out more information about PATS, feel free to E-Mail any member of the PATS Executive Board. If you are interested in becoming a member, please print our membership application, fill out the application and mail it to the PATS Membership Chair.
Our founders met, identified the need for a state organization and decided on the name, the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS), during the year 1975. They envisioned an organization that would be more than an athletic training association. They founded a “medical society” to address the challenges of the day (i.e. licensure), and wanted to meet its members additional interests and concerns about Athletic Training in PA.
The initial meeting of PATS (and official starting date) was June 12, 1976 at the N.A.T.A. Convention in Boston (in the Boston-Sheraton Hotel). During that first meeting, PATS appointed Acting Officers, formed a Licensure Committee, and ratified a Constitution.
The question; “who founded PATS?” may be difficult to answer accurately. However, much of the credit must go to the athletic trainers (listed below) who were present at that initial meeting in Boston, and/or who participated in key organizational activities for PATS in 1975-76. Those whose names are underlined, served as the original acting officers, or licensure committee members, or served on the first key committees (nomination, constitution & by-laws) that formalized PATS.
Their efforts will always be appreciated.
Paul Slocum, Dave Tomasi, Richard Burkholder, Joe Godek, Charles McNarron, Otho Davis, Tim Kerin, Chuck Medlar, Ted Quedenfeld, Hal Biggs, Jim Dalrymple, Phil Donley, Ron O’Neil, Bruce Vogelsong, Robert Shank, John Wogan, Eddie Sulkowski, Richard Morsch, Roberta Koerner, Paul Butler, Rod Bimpson, Kip Smith, Francis Stannard, John Powell, Jim McKenzie, Steve Bair, Joe Iezzi, Dan Kaegerreis, Harvey Emmert, Tom Murphy, Joe DiBlasio, Davis Dunbar, Carmel Bonito, Ken Carson, Richard Crey, Mark Keppler, Beth Bisbano, Donald Frey, Gareth Biser.