Dr. Dani Moffit, director of the athletic training master’s program, has been appointed as chair for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Connection and Engagement Committee. NATA is worldwide professional associated for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic trainer profession. Dr. Moffit assumed her role in January 2021.
“I'm honored to have been chosen to work with such talented people. This past year has been hard for athletic trainers, losing the connection with their patients and not always knowing their role in health care. This is an opportunity for us to advocate for the profession and find that connection again," she said.
The NATA was founded in 1950 and athletic training was recognized as a health care profession by the American Medical Association in 1991. The first athletic trainers worked with college athletics, but the profession has expanded to encompass industries with active people, including high school, professional, occupational, entertainment, and tactical athletes.
Moffit and her committee plan to focus on defining NATA’s mission, vision, and identify the NATA Connection and Engagement Committee’s top priorities before outlining major goals for year one. Inspired by isolation that came with the COVID-19 pandemic, Moffit said, “It struck me that something everyone really wants is to belong to something. We need to have that connectedness in our association.”
Currently, NATA has over 45,000 members.
"I have been a member of the NATA since my freshman year of college. It has always been my belief that I need to be an active participant in my profession, whether it be at the local, state, district, or national level. This position gives me the opportunity to give back to the profession that has guided me through my career from day one. I'm excited to see where this road takes me," Moffit said.