Navigating the Transition from Student to Professional
As a new athletic trainer entering the workforce, it can be challenging to navigate the transition from student to professional. Joining the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) (if you aren’t already a member as a student!) can help make this transition smoother and provide numerous benefits to support your career as an athletic trainer.
Networking and Professional Development Opportunities
One of the main benefits of joining the NATA is the networking and professional development opportunities it provides. As a member of the NATA, you’ll have access to conferences, workshops, and other events that can help you stay up-to-date on the latest research and techniques in athletic training. These events are also a great opportunity to network with other athletic trainers and professionals in the field, which can lead to new job opportunities and career growth.
Access to Resources and Support
Another benefit of joining the NATA is the access to resources and support it provides. The NATA offers numerous resources for athletic trainers, including publications, research, and educational materials. It also provides support for athletic trainers dealing with legal, ethical, or other professional issues. By joining the NATA, you can tap into these resources and receive support as you navigate your career as an athletic trainer.
Advocacy and Representation for the Athletic Training Profession
In addition to networking and resources, joining the NATA also provides advocacy and representation for the athletic training profession. The NATA works to promote the athletic training profession and advocate for policies that support athletic trainers and their patients. By joining the NATA, you can help contribute to these efforts and support the profession as a whole.
Continuing Education and Professional Growth
As a new athletic trainer, continuing education and professional growth are crucial to your success in the field. By joining the NATA, you’ll have access to numerous opportunities for continuing education and professional growth, including online courses and certifications. This can help you stay current on the latest techniques and best practices in athletic training and advance your career.
Joining the NATA as a new athletic trainer and entering the workforce supports your success in the field. By becoming a member, you’ll have access to networking and professional development opportunities, resources and support, advocacy and representation for the profession, continuing education and professional growth opportunities, and job opportunities and career advancement resources.