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The mission of the IATA is to improve the quality of healthcare in the State of Illinois through the advancement, promotion, and improvement of the athletic training profession at all levels, and to promote a better working relationship among those interested in athletic training by providing a means for a free exchange of ideas.
The Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. (IATA) is a professional membership organization for licensed athletic trainers (ATC) and others who support the athletic training profession in the State of Illinois. Incorporated as a general not for profit corporation in 1982 with just over 100 members, the IATA currently serves over 1600 members in a number of healthcare settings throughout the State of Illinois.
Athletic Trainers are licensed by the State of Illinois as healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize care for the safe return to activity and participation by patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.
Licensed Athletic Trainers are found providing healthcare in a variety of settings including, but not limited to:
The Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. is a member of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA, NATA District IV) which is composed of seven member state athletic training organizations. The state associations for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin comprise the largest district association population of the 10 districts within the National Athletic Trainers Association numbering over 5000. The GLATA (www.glata.org), organized over 40 years ago, has a rich history of leadership from members of the IATA. The National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. (NATA) is considered the “parent” organization of the profession. Established in 1950, the NATA (www.nata.org) represents over 30,000 athletic trainers worldwide. Based in Carrollton, Texas, the NATA establishes and supports standards advancing the profession of athletic training. 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 (www.bocatc.org) 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 into the athletic training profession.