A Message from PFATS President Reggie Scott
As President of PFATS, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society’s website. PFATS is dedicated to the welfare of our members and committed to the promotion and advancement of athletic training through education and research.
Currently, PFATS has a diverse membership of over 158 members nationwide. Our members are primarily Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC), with a majority having advanced degrees and specialty certifications.
Our purpose is to ensure the highest quality of health care is provided to the National Football League. PFATS works closely with the NFL Physician Society, National Football League (NFL), and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) to improve the health and safety of athletes through continuous research, innovation and education.
Throughout the year, PFATS and the PFATS Foundation will provide important information about our scholarship programs, internship opportunities, educational seminars, and charitable involvement in our communities. Our website, with assistance from our founding partner Gatorade, will serve as a great resource to share information and educate our profession and members.
"PFATS cares to make a difference"
Reggie Scott, MS, ATC, PES
Vice President, Sports Medicine & Performance
Los Angeles Rams
The Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) is a Professional Association representing the athletic trainers of the National Football League. We serve the players of the NFL, the member Clubs, and other members of the community. Our purpose is to ensure 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. The Society is founded on the professional integrity and the ethical standards of our members and the fellowship that exists among us.
"PFATS cares to make a difference"
In the early 1960's, a small group of NFL athletic trainers saw an opportunity to share knowledge and techniques on injury prevention and rehabilitation while attending the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. In subsequent years they formed initially as the National Football League Athletic Trainers Society (NFLATS). In 1982, NFLATS was officially renamed to the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). PFATS adopted a comprehensive constitution and has since grown to a membership of over 158 NFL athletic trainers nationwide. Today, membership is limited to those professionally certified in accordance with the most current NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement and who are employed full-time as athletic trainers by any of the 32 NFL franchises.
Voted on by membership, the PFATS Executive Committee acts in the best interest of all members by providing organizational direction, fulfilling the strategic planning goals and executing decision-making according to the mission, vision and values of PFATS.
Our PFATS Partners are at the core of our organization. We value our relationships and collaboration to provide our membership with the most up-to-date technology and resources to advance our profession.
PFATS is proud to have strategic alliances with important organizations in the sports medicine industry such as the NFL, NFLPS, NATA, GSSI, USA Football and the Korey Stringer Institute. These alliances allow us to reach a broader audience and achieve success by learning from each other.