Student Writing Contest

The NATA Foundation Athletic Training Student Writing Contest (SWC) is named for Deloss Brubaker, who chaired the contest for its first 30 years. The SWC is now in its 41st year. Through this competition, a total of $1,000 is awarded by the NATA Foundation in 3 different contest divisions.

Athletic training students enrolled in professional programs are eligible to participate in the following categories of submission:

Original Research ($500)
Literature Review ($250)
Case Study ($250)



The NATA Foundation is thankful for GLATA
sponsoring the Student Writing Contest since 2019!.

The Student Writing Committee Invites Faculty Feedback!

The Student Writing Committee is seeking feedback on the current Student Writing Contest guidelines, categories and timeline from current professional level (undergraduate and professional masters) athletic training program faculty members.  Please consider taking this short 5 minutes survey.  Your feedback will help us grow and improve our Student Writing Contest!


The 2022 submission cycle is now closed.  Check back Fall 2022 for updates for the 2023 submission cycle. 

The submission deadline for all entries is February 1st each year. Students enrolled in their final semester may submit an entry the following year, if the project was complete prior to graduation.

2023 Student Writing Contest Guidelines will be updated here November 2022. Submissions will be accepted November 1 – February 1. 

Student Writing Contest Information

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2022 Award Winners

Best Original Research
Best Literature Review
Best Case Study

Marcus Olson – University of Central Missouri
“Is there a correlation between burnout, and injury rates in baseball players due to specialization?”

Sola Yeager & TediJo Pederson – University of Montana
“Comparing the Effectiveness of Different Modalities for Myofascial Pain Relief: A Systematic Review”

Bridget Davidson – Drake University
“Effects of Social Determinants of Health and Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus on Lower Extremity Workplace Injury”