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About the Board of Athletic Trainers

The Board of Athletic Trainers was created in 2006 to succeed the Board of Medical Examiners in the licensing of Athletic Trainers.  An athletic trainer is a person with specific qualifications as set forth in Tennessee law who, upon the advice, consent, and oral or written prescriptions of a physician, carries out the practice of prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, disposition, treatment, or rehabilitation of athletic injuries, and in carrying out these functions the athletic trainer is authorized to use physical modalities, such as heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, or mechanical devices related to prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, disposition, rehabilitation, and treatment.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards support the Board of Athletic Trainers by issuing licenses to athletic trainers who meet the requirements of the law and rules.  Renewal notices are mailed from the Board’s administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record.   Athletic trainers are responsible for renewing their license on time and keeping the Board apprised of current information. Licensure can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at  Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Failure to renew by the expiration date may result in a fine.

Athletic Trainers may be licensed by either examination or reciprocity from other states when qualifications for Tennessee and the other state are equivalent.  Applications for licensure can be obtained by either calling or writing the Board of Athletic Trainers or downloaded from the internet. Board meeting minutes, meeting schedules, and policy statements, which may also impact athletic trainers, can also be viewed at this website.

Contact the Board of Athletic Trainers

To contact the board, call (615) 532-3202 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide
or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN  37243


Board Members

Member Position Representation Term Expires
Monroe J. Abram Vice Chair Athletic Trainer 12-31-2014
Joseph T. Erdeljac Chair Athletic Trainer 12-31-2014
Walter S. Fitzpatrick, III Board Member Citizen 12-31-2014
Cliff Pawley Board Member Athletic Trainer 12-31-2014
Kurt P. Spindler Board Member Physician 12-31-2014

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.

Board of Athletic Trainers Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
May 8, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Board Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
November 6, 2014 9:00 a.m. Board Meeting
Poplar Board Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.

National Organization

National Organization

Information on the National Athletic Trainers Association may be obtained by phone, fax, Internet, or writing to:

NATA Board of Certification, Inc.
Continuing Education Office
2952 Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75247-6196
Phone: (800) 879-6282
Fax: (214) 637-2206