The Kansas Athletic Training Society (KATS) was founded in 1980 in order to advance the profession of Athletic Training in the State of Kansas.

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. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences. More than 70 percent of certified athletic trainers hold at least a master’s degree.

To become certified athletic trainers, students must graduate with bachelors or masters degree from an accredited professional athletic training education program and pass a comprehensive test administered by the Board of Certification. Once certified, they must meet ongoing continuing education requirements in order to remain certified.

The Kansas Athletic Trainers Society is composed of highly skilled health care professionals who are nationally certified and licensed to practice in the State of Kansas to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training and promote sports health and safety.

It is the Mission of KATS to help assure top quality Health Care to the Physically Active in Kansas, and to promote and increased awareness of the Profession of Athletic Training to the citizens of the State of Kansas.