National Athletic Trainers’ Association
Code of Ethics
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Code of Ethics states the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the practice of athletic training. It is intended to establish and maintain high standards and professionalism for the athletic training profession.
The principles do not cover every situation encountered by the practicing athletic trainer, but are representative of the spirit with which athletic trainers should make decisions. The principles are written generally; the circumstances of a situation will determine the interpretation and application of a given principle and of the Code as a whole. When a conflict exists between the Code and the law, the law prevails.
Members shall respect the rights, welfare and dignity of all.
1.1 Members shall not discriminate against any legally protected class.
1.2 Members shall be committed to providing competent care.
1.3 Members shall preserve the confidentiality of privileged information
and shall not release such information to a third party not involved in the
patient’s care without a release unless required by law.
Members shall comply with the laws and regulations governing the
practice of athletic training.
2.1 Members shall comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws
and institutional guidelines.
2.2 Members shall be familiar with and abide by all National Athletic
Trainers’ Association standards, rules and regulations.
2.3 Members shall report illegal or unethical practices related to athletic
training to the appropriate person or authority.
2.4 Members shall avoid substance abuse and, when necessary, seek
rehabilitation for chemical dependency.
Members shall maintain and promote high standards in their provision of
3.1 Members shall not misrepresent, either directly or indirectly, their skills,
training, professional credentials, identity or services.
3.2 Members shall provide only those services for which they are qualified
through education or experience and which are allowed by their practice
acts and other pertinent regulation.
3.3 Members shall provide services, make referrals, and seek
compensation only for those services that are necessary.
3.4 Members shall recognize the need for continuing education and
participate in educational activities that enhance their skills and
3.5 Members shall educate those whom they supervise in the practice of
athletic training about the Code of Ethics and stress the importance of
3.6 Members who are researchers or educators should maintain and
promote ethical conduct in research and educational activities.
Members shall not engage in conduct that could be construed as a
conflict of interest or that reflects negatively on the profession.
4.1 Members should conduct themselves personally and professionally in
a manner that does not compromise their professional responsibilities or
the practice of athletic training.
4.2 National Athletic Trainers’ Association current or past volunteer
leaders shall not use the NATA logo in the endorsement of products or
services or exploit their affiliation with the NATA in a manner that reflects
badly upon the profession.
4.3 Members shall not place financial gain above the patient‘s welfare
and shall not participate in any arrangement that exploits the
patient. 4.4 Members shall not, through direct or indirect means, use
information obtained in the course of the practice of athletic training to
try to influence the score or outcome of an athletic event, or attempt to
induce financial gain through gambling.
4.5 Members shall not provide or publish information, photographs, or any
other communications related to athletic training that negatively reflects
Constitution of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association
Updated April 23, 2005
Article 1 Name
The name of this organization shall be the California Athletic Trainers
Article 2 Objectives
The objectives of this association shall be:
- The advancement, encouragement, and improvement of the athletic
training profession in all its phases, and to promote a better working
relationship among persons interested in the problems of athletic
- To develop further the ability of each of its members.
- To better serve the common interest of its members by providing a
means for a free exchange of ideas within the profession.
- To enable members to become better acquainted personally through
casual good fellowship.
Article 3 Membership
here shall be four (4) classes of membership as follows:
- And no individual shall be eligible for more than one (1) class of
membership at the same time.
Qualifications for membership and the rights and obligations of members
shall be as indicated in the Bylaws.
Article 4 Application
Any individual applying for any class of membership in the NATA, shall by
submitting an application, state a desire to become a member of both
the FWATA and the CATA, Inc., to advance the interest of CATA and the
NATA, Inc., and to abide by their respective Constitution and Bylaws.
Article 5 Dues
The dues of all classes of membership shall be prescribed by the Bylaws.
Article 6 Suspension of Membership
Membership cancellations may be recommended by any member of the
Association to the Managing Board for a cause and the membership of
any member be caused to cease by a two-thirds vote of those members
present at the annual business meeting.
Membership cancellation shall be automatic for non-payment of dues as
set forth in the Bylaws.
Membership cancellation in the CATA shall be automatic with
membership cancellation by the NATA, Inc.
Appeals: A person whose membership is canceled in accordance with
Section 1 shall be allowed either in person or through some member of
the Association to appeal to the Managing Board for reconsideration.
Information in the appeal shall be presented to the Managing Board and
the Board shall by majority vote decide whether to submit the question of
the membership cancellation of the Association membership for another
one in accordance with Section 1.
Article 7 Voting Power
Certified members shall be entitled to one (1) vote upon all questions
submitted to the Association for decision.
Article 8 Organizations
The governing board of this organization shall be the Managing Board.
For the purpose of facilitating the work of the California Athletic Trainers
Association and to give the membership equal representation in the
Managing Board the State shall be divided into six (6) regions. These
regions shall be designated as numbers one (1) through six (6) Each region
shall elect a regional director who must be a Certified member of the
California Athletic Trainers Association. Each regional director shall serve
as a member of the Managing Board and act with the full authority of the
region in carrying out the functions and responsibilities of the Managing
Board. In addition the Managing Board will consist of a President,
Secretary, and Treasurer elected by the statewide membership who must
be a Certified member of the California Athletic Trainers Association.
A. President: The President shall be elected by a majority popular vote of
the voting membership of the California Athletic Trainers Association. The
president may not simultaneously hold the office of regional director. The
Managing Board shall be the nominating committee. Candidates must
have served on the Managing Board or as the chairperson of a standing
committee at some time during the four years immediately preceding the
meeting at which nominations are made. Two candidates shall be
nominated at the annual meeting during the final year of the current
president’s term. A platform statement by each candidate shall be
presented on the CATA Web Site following the nominations.
The membership voting shall be by mail. A ballot shall be mailed to each
voting member at his/her address of record by November 15 and the
marked ballot must be returned by mail to the Secretary or designee at
the designated address and be postmarked no later than December 1.
The term of office of the President shall be three consecutive years and
he/she may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The term of
office shall begin on January 1st of the year following the election.
If the office of President becomes vacant before the end of the term for
which the President was elected, an Interim President shall be appointed
from a committee made up of the Board of Directors the State Secretary
and the State Treasurer.
The Interim President shall serve as President for the remainder of the term
for which the previous President was elected. In the event that the
President-elect is unable to assume the office of President, an Interim
President shall be appointed from a committee made up of the
Managing Board, the State Secretary and the State Treasurer. The Interim
President then becomes the President at the beginning of the term for
which the original President was elected and serves for the full term. It is
therefore possible that an Interim President could serve a partial term as
President followed by a full term. In such a circumstance a President shall
be eligible for nomination and election for one consecutive term following
the first term.
Removal of Officers: All state officers may be impeached and convicted
on the following grounds: embezzlement, malfeasance in office, and
actions contrary to or in violation of this Constitution and its Bylaws. Before
impeachment proceedings can be instituted, a brief containing the
charges shall be drawn up and presented by a board member to the
Managing Board sitting in executive sessions. The aforementioned brief
must then be adopted by a majority vote prior to the formal presentation
of the charges. Impeachment of any officer shall require a two-thirds vote
of the voting membership of the Association present at a business
Article 9 Powers and Duties of Officers
The officers are the President, State Secretary, State Treasurer, and
All powers and duties of officers are as prescribed in the Bylaws or Article 8
of the Constitution.
Article 10 Committees
All committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of
the Managing Board. An eligible member may serve on only two (2)
committees concurrently and serve as Chairman of only one (1) of these
Article 11 Meetings
The annual business meeting shall be held each year at
the FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.
A quorum for the annual meeting shall be a simple majority of the voting
membership of the Association present.
The Managing Board may submit items of Association business to the
voting membership for a vote by mail,FAX, or email. Approval of items so
submitted shall require a “yes” majority of respondents of at least one-fifth
of the voting membership of the Association.
The Managing Board shall convene at the annual meeting and at any
other time that the President determines it necessary to call a Board
Meeting. A quorum for a Managing Board meeting shall be five (5).
The President may submit appropriate items of Association business to the
Managing Board by mail, fax, or email. For such a voting procedure the
President shall first secure a second to the proposal, then submit the
proposal to each member of the Board by mail, fax, or email, with a
request to mail a yes or no vote on the proposal by a definite date not
sooner than ten (10) days after the mailing of the proposal. Board
approval of items submitted shall require a yes vote of at least five (5)
members of the Board.
The President may submit emergency items of Association business that
are appropriate for Board action to the Managing Board by telephone.
For such a voting procedure the President shall first secure a second to the
proposal and then call each member of the Board for their vote on the
proposal. Board approval of items so submitted shall require a yes vote of
at least five (5) members of the Board.
Article 12 Amendments to the Constitution
All proposed amendments to the Constitution shall be submitted in writing
to the State Secretary by a Certified member at least six weeks prior to the
annual business meeting. The State Secretary shall distribute copies of the
proposal to all of the voting members at least three (3) weeks prior to the
annual business meeting.
A proposed amendment to the Constitution that has been properly
submitted shall be read at the annual business meeting and a two-thirds
majority vote of the voting membership present shall be necessary for the
adoption of said amendment.
Article 13 Amendments to the Bylaws
The Bylaws may be amended at any official meeting of the Managing
Board by a majority vote. Bylaws may not be added, deleted or
amended by a vote by mail.
A proposed Amendment to the Bylaws must be submitted to the
Managing Board three weeks prior to any meeting of the Managing
Board at which the proposed amendment would be voted on.