Why join a professional organization?

Membership in a professional organizations will give you the opportunity to meet students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and build leadership and interpersonal skills.  It can also help expand upon your classroom learning.  Students are encouraged to actively participate in organizations related to their field of interest.

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
    The American College of Sports Medicine promotes and integrates scientific research, education, and practical applications of sports medicine and exercise science to maintain and enhance physical performance, fitness, health, and quality of life.
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)
    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.
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
    As the worldwide authority on strength and conditioning, NSCA supports and disseminates research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness.  By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.
  • Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association (OATA)
    OATA is dedicated to the health care needs of the physically active. The primary goal of the OATA is to ensure that athletes, at any level, receive immediate, professional, quality health care. Members are highly qualified allied health professionals who are educated and experienced in dealing with the health care needs of the physically active, whether they are a high school student-athlete, a "weekend warrior," an active mother, or an Olympic hopeful.