Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society

Serving Athletic Trainers in Tennessee since 1977.

TATS Events

2015 TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium – January 17 & 18, 2015

The Professional Education Committee has set the dates for the 2015 TATS Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium. The meeting will again be held on January 17th & 18th, 2015 at the GSO Auditorium on the campus of Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

Accommodations have been arranged for your booking at the Holiday Inn Nashville – West End. You may arrange for your stay on the nights prior to the meeting by following this link. If you prefer to call, you may reach Reservations at 1-615-327-4707 and use the room block code “TAT”. The blocked rooms will only be held until Friday, December 26th, 2014 so make your reservations today.

TATS Honors & Awards Nominations

The application deadline for nominations for the 2015 TATS Honors & Awards has been extended to December 15th, 2014.

TATS offers multiple awards to deserving nominees each year. The awards categories can be found at the Honors & Awards Committee page.

All honor and award recipients will be announced at the annual Tennessee Athletic Trainers’ Society meeting to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 17-18, 2015.

To submit a candidate for nomination of one of the TATS Honors & Awards, complete the form found on the Honors & Awards Committee page of the TATS website by December 15th, 2014.

TATS News & Information

National Athletic Training Month in TN
“We’ve Got Your Back”

TATS is excited to be a part of National Athletic Training Month this March. The theme for #NATM2014 is “We’ve Got Your Back.” ¬†As part of NATM2014, TATS has updated its website, made local radio appearances, and had several cities and counties make proclamations about athletic training.

Athletic trainers throughout the state are spreading the word about National Athletic Training Month in March. The theme for this year’s NATM is “We’ve Got Your Back”.

TATS wants to know how you are celebrating National Athletic Training Month. If you or someone you know is planning a special event or proclamation for NATM 2014, send us an email to let us know how we can help support your event. We would also love to have any pictures from your event to add to our collection here at Send your news and pics to

To learn more about NATM, visit the NATA website by clicking here.

On February 22nd-23rd, TATS was a participant in Sportsfest 2014 presented by 104.5 The Zone at the Music City Center. Member of TATS hosted a booth where visitors to Sportsfest were able to learn more about the athletic training profession and conditions that athletic trainers address, including educational sessions regarding concussions and the new Tennessee concussion legislation. The TATS booth was a huge success as it was frequented by thousands of members of the public at the event. Special thanks to the following TATS members for volunteering their time at the event: Johnnie Anderson, Michael Gurlach, Alan Killingsworth, Therese Sparn, Brad Swope, and Adam Sumrall.

TATS Event with Nashville Public Television is Postponed
To Be Rescheduled at a Later Date

Due to scheduling issues, TATS has had to postpone its assistance with the Nashville Public Television annual telethon. TATS will still have an opportunity to assist NPT for this purpose, however it will occur at a later date. The event gives NPT the opportunity to have additional volunteer help in answering calls from supporters of their excellent public television offerings. At the same time, TATS members are able to record public service announcements about the athletic training profession. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, contact Johnnie Anderson at

Bringing a fresh look to the vital information you need

The web presence of TATS for many years has been integral in disseminating information to athletic trainers practicing in Tennessee, as well as to the general public. But new technologies have opened the doors for even greater communication and information sharing. As one of their first initiatives, the 2014 TATS Executive Board has mandated an update to the TATS website at

Explore the new site and let us know what further information might be beneficial to you as an athletic trainer or citizen with an interest in the field of athletic training.

TATS Leadership
for 2014 – 2016

At the TATS Annual Meeting in January, the latest installment of officers were inaugurated onto the TATS Executive Board. The new officers include:

Scott Byrd – President
Peggy Bratt – Vice President
Johnnie Anderson – Secretary
Therese Sparn – Treasurer

Mike Van Bruggen – East TN Representative
Tim Hoskins – Middle TN Representative
Tripp Turner – West TN Representative

Learn more about these leaders for the future on the leadership page of this site.

Athletic Training FAQ

  • What is an Athletic Trainer?

    Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers (AT), health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients across age and care continuums. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statutes.

  • AT Terminology

    There are lots of terms related to athletic trainers and the field of athletic training. Much of this terminology relates to what and how athletic trainers fulfill their healthcare responsibilities. The National Athletic Trainers Association has great reference materials to learn about these terms. Visit their AT terminology page here.

  • How does one become an AT?

    People who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is also enhanced through clinical education experiences.

    There are 9 CAATE accredited Athletic Training Education Programs in the state of Tennessee. To learn more about each of these programs, visit our ATEP page here.

  • Want to learn more?

    If you want to know more about the athletic training profession, TATS would encourage you to meet the athletic trainer at your local school.

    You can also find out more through the resources available at Athletic, a public service website created by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


TATS is committed to educating the public about athletic injuries and the field of athletic training. We have created a repository of useful links to learn more about athletic injury. The resources can be found in the “Resources” section of the TATS website or follow the link here.

Injury Information

TATS wants to provide helpful resources to the public regarding athletic injuries. You can find lots of useful information on our “Injury Info” page.

This information is provided as a public service, but does not constitute medical advice. Please use the information as a helpful educational reference to better understand athletic injury and to further discuss any injury you may have with your physician.


As part of TATS commitment to educating the public on issues related to athletic injuries, TATS provides resources regarding concussions, including recognition of symptoms, management of injured athletes, and proper steps for return to activity. The included information also is provided to inform the public of the most recent legislation put into place in Tennessee to safeguard our young people from these traumatic brain injuries. Please use the resources, found here, to educate yourself and your family regarding recognition of concussions and appropriate measures to recover from this type of injury.