When the National Athletic Trainers' Association was formed in 1950 they divided the nation up into nine districts. These districts were based on the major collegiate conferences of the time. This was done to help organize the association at the grassroots level. The original NATA failed, in part, because of the lack of grassroots organization.
In 1966, a tenth district was added. In 1970, the NATA underwent a major reorganization. Districts were redrawn, based on states and not collegiate conferences, although a couple of universities remained in their old district.
A major change in 1970 was that the NATA would elect a president for the first time. The original NATA had had a president but the current NATA wanted a more "decentralized" structure when it was founded. The current NATA found that decentralization had some drawbacks and, after a year, the Board of Directors decided to appoint one of its members as the chair. For each year from 1951 to 1970 the chair would preside at the board meetings. This position was replaced by the new presidential position.
Welcome to the website for athletic training history. Whether you have a general interest or need to find specific information this website is here to help.
Athletic training in the United States began in 1881. Much of the early history of athletic training is from stories that have been passed down over the generations. What one finds is mostly folklore, not history. There exists, for one who wishes to find it, a wealth on information on athletic training prior to the formation of the National Athletic Trainers' Association in 1950.
Unfortunately, much of this information is in newspapers, magazine articles and books long out of print. The research provided on this website and a book to be published this summer is meant to compile those sources into a history of early athletic training.
Once the early history is completed more research into the post-1950 era of athletic training will be included into this site.
The material in this website is broken up into three major categories:
PHOTOS - Historic photographs of athletic training from various sources. Some are from the public domain and can be freely used while others cannot be used unless permission from the copyright holder is granted.
ATHLETIC TRAINERS - Biographical sketches of athletic trainers from the past. As time goes on more athletic trainers will be added to the list, about two per month. Each month, starting in June, a different athletic trainer will be featured.
RESOURCES - Links to various materials and websites that may be of assistance for the conduct of research into the history of athletic training and athletic trainers. This includes items from the archives of Cramer Products and the NATA.
You are encouraged to browse the site. Please use the contact page if you have any concerns, specific or general athletic training history questions or contributions (historical that is, as cash sent will not be returned!).