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A Message from PFATS President Rick Burkholder


Burkholder_RickAs president of PFATS and head athletic trainer for the Kansas City Chiefs, I am proud to represent our profession and I welcome you to the website of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. Through the help of Gatorade we have put together this website as well as accounts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to give you a glimpse into what the athletic trainers of the National Football League do and what we represent. 

Today, PFATS has close to 120 members. All members are Certified Athletic Trainers and the vast majority have advanced degrees. We remain true to our original objectives, today in partnership with the NFL Physician's Society, the National Football League and the National Athletic Trainers' Association we take on new challenges to work towards better solutions, collaborative opportunities and new ideas.  We would also like to give back to our profession.

Our mission is to serve the players of the NFL, the member clubs, and other members of the community.  Our purpose is to ensure that the highest quality of health care is provided to the National Football League.  We are dedicated to the welfare of our members and committed to the promotion and advancement of athletic training through education and research. 

As our website illustrates, PFATS and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Foundation do this by providing scholarship and internship opportunities, educational seminars and charitable activities with the ultimate goal of sharing information and education. In the end, PFATS hopes to provide support and encouragement to both Student and Certified Athletic Trainers.

PFATS cares to make a difference!

Best regards,

Rick Burkholder

Head Athletic Trainer
Kansas City Chiefs

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