The LATA is a not-for-profit organization of health care professionals dedicated to the safety in sports completion and the profession of athletic training within the State of Louisiana. Athletic training is an allied healthcare profession recognized by the American Medical Association. Certification in the profession requires strict educational standards based on specific knowledge and skills level. Certified athletic trainers (ATC) have a long history of providing quality healthcare for athletes and individuals engaged in physical activity.
To practice in the State of Louisiana, an individual must meet specialized educational requirements and pass the national exam of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. In addition, one must meet the provisions of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME). Certified athletic trainers are employed throughout the State in professional sports, colleges and universities, high schools, clinics, hospital, corporate and industrial settings. They work under the direction of a physician and serve to enhance the quality of healthcare through education and research in the prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation of injuries.
Objectives of the Association
Section I: To develop, promote and maintain high standards for the profession of athletic training within the State of Louisiana.
SectionII: To promote legislation for the public good and the betterment of athletic training within the State of Louisiana.
Section III: To organize, cooperate with, and aid other groups dedicated to safety in sports competition.
Section IV: To promote the exchange of knowledge and information within the profession of Athletic Training.
Section V: To represent Athletic Trainers before governmental, professional, or voluntary groups or agencies and the public
Section VI: To support the concept of interscholastic competition within the frame of the total education concept
Section VII: To promote such services as will further the association.