NATA Foundation

The vision of the NATA Research and Education Foundation is to be the leader in supporting innovative research and educational opportunities to advance health care and inform policy for the benefit of the physically active populations.

The NATA Foundation’s work benefits every athletic trainer (AT) and every company associated with the profession, as well as the physically active community at large. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who can be seen on the sidelines, on the job site, on the stage, the battlefield and even in space. They collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

The NATA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), was incorporated in 1991 and established with grants from NATA and Johnson & Johnson. It is the only 501 c(3) non-profit dedicated to advancing the athletic training profession through research and education. The NATA Foundation has awarded more than 308 research grants totaling more than $4.5 million dollars and awarded almost $3.3 million to 1,612 students through our scholarship program. Additionally, more than 5,000 presentations (oral and poster) have been provided through the Free Communications program.

The NATA Foundation relies on the financial support of dedicated athletic trainers, corporate partners, and friends of the industry, to help carry out our goal of supporting and advancing the athletic training profession through research and education.

You can view a copy of our organizational chart here.

The daily management and operation of the NATA Research and Education Foundation is led by 2 staff members:

Jennifer Yoder, CAP
NATA Foundation Director
Office:  (972)532-8805

Kathryn LaLonde, MS, ATC
Programs & Projects Coordinator
Office:  (972)532-8814