Tennessee Athletic Trainers' Society

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National Athletic Training Month in TN
“We Prepare – You Perform”

TATS is excited to be a part of National Athletic Training Month this March. The theme for #NATM2015 is “We Prepare – You Perform”.

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 #NATM2015, 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 #NATM2015, 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

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.