North Carolina LATs are required to possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited athletic training education program and possess national certification as a certified athletic trainer from the Board of Certification, an organization independent of NATA. Training and education of the LAT is consistent with the skills needed to prevent, evaluate, treat and rehabilitate student athletes suffering injuries or illnesses. LATs are, furthermore, qualified to make return-to-play decisions that impact the ultimate health and well-being of secondary school student athletes.
Since 1974, the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association has served to support athletic trainers, to promote and advance the profession of athletic training in North Carolina. The NCATA is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Trainers Association (District 3) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
The mission of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association is to enhance the quality of health care provided by certified athletic trainers and to advance the athletic training profession. Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.