THE ATHLETIC TRAINING LOCATIONS AND SERVICES (ATLAS) PROJECT
The ATLAS Project emerged from previous research conducted by KSI on behalf of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) with the primary intention of developing a real-time database of athletic training services in secondary schools throughout the U.S. Three studies 1) Athletic training services in public secondary schools: a benchmark study. 2) Athletic trainer services in US private secondary schools. and 3) Athletic trainer services in public and private secondary schools. served as the platform from which the ATLAS Project was launched in January of 2016. Since then, with the assistance of the NATA, the NATA Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee, individual state leaders, various other athletic training committees, and grassroots efforts of ATs throughout the country, the ATLAS Project has become nationally recognized.
The ATLAS Project has successfully:
- Created a real-time database and map of each state’s athletic training services in secondary schools
- Created a directory for each state’s athletic training association and high school athletics association
- Assisted states in moving toward full-time or improved athletic training services
- Provided useful data to each state’s athletic training association and high school athletic association
- Identified common factors associated with increased athletic training services across the country.
- Improved the delivery of healthcare services via improved communication between secondary schools.
The success of the ATLAS Project hinges upon the annual participation of the secondary school AT. In order to provide the most updated data to national, district and state NATA leadership, the the ATLAS Survey should become one of the most important surveys for secondary school ATs . To that point, KSI strives to provide current data back to the states so that progress is not hindered, key areas related to clinical practice are improved, and the health and safety needs of the student athlete are met. Each year, KSI will release an Annual ATLAS Report. This Report is meant to provide accurate information to leaders, researchers, clinicians, and the general public so that we may improve the level of care being provided in this setting.
“The extent of the ATLAS Project’s survey and database are endless. There is no telling where these data might take the profession from a healthcare delivery and value added perspective. Right now we have a pulse on the status of the Athletic Trainer in secondary schools on a national scale and we need to maintain this momentum. This project can change the landscape of athletic training.”- Robert A. Huggins, PhD, LAT