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 (categories updated beginning in 2024 award cycle – more info below):

Original Research ($500)
Summary Evidence Research ($250)
Clinical Practice Research ($250)




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

IMPORTANT! Review the Submission Instructions and Contest Requirements prior to submitting.

Below are the categories and the associated descriptions for exemplar full manuscripts:

Original Research: Submission Guidelines
Summary Evidence Research: Submission Guidelines
Clinical Practice Research: Submission Guidelines 

Submissions due February 1.

Questions?  Please contact


The NATA Foundation is excited to announce updated categories for the Student Writing Contest. These new categories aim to expand the scope of the Student Writing Contest and provide a platform for students to submit their research projects that previously did not have a specific category.

The following are the new categories for the Student Writing Contest:

  1. Original Research
  2. Summary Evidence Research
    Includes: critically appraised topics (CATS), literature reviews, systematic reviews, meta-analyses
  3. Clinical Practice Research
    Includes: quality improvement projects, case study/series, evidence practice reviews

Participating in the Student Writing Contest offers numerous benefits, including the opportunity to:

  • Gain recognition for your hard work and academic achievements
  • Provides a valuable opportunity for students and future researchers to engage in professional writing opportunities
  • Network with fellow students and professionals in your field

We encourage all students to take advantage of these new categories and submit your research projects accordingly.

2024 Award Winners

Best Case Study

Claire Akard – University of Virginia
“The Influence of Sport Type on Sensory Organization Test Performance in Collegiate Athletes”


Riley Hector – University of Montana
“Determining Psychological Readiness to Return to Sport Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”


Lauren Richardson – University of South Florida
“Lacertus Syndrome in a Male Collegiate Tennis Athlete: A Level 4 CASE Report”