KATS History

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

No historical account of the athletic training profession is complete without Kansas ties. Mention of Kansas Athletic Trainer Society Hall of Famers Frank Cramer, Chuck Cramer, Bill Cramer, Jack Cramer, “Porky” Morgan, Tom Reeves,  Doc Needham,  Dean Nesmith,  Al Ortolani, “Doc” Baxter, Jim Sperry, Lynn Bott evokes pride among our membership today.  Biographies of these gentlemen may be found under the Hall of Fame link on this website.

Most, if not all, Kansas athletic trainers can probably tell you that Kansas City was the site of the first meeting of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, but how many know that Steve Barrett, Brad Parry, and Rodney Koehler have been some of the first clinical athletic trainers within the state?  Do you know of others?

The History and Archives Committee exists to preserve important information and artifacts of athletic training within Kansas.  Each member is a part of the history of athletic training in Kansas.  You can help keep the record straight by adding your historical account to the knowledge base.

To send KATS historical information, please email Jerlyn Peak, MS, LAT, ATC at jerdpeak@att.net. Include “KsATS H&A” in the subject line.

To mail information, please send to:

Jerlyn Peak
2010 S. Cooper Court
Wichita, Kansas   67207