The National Athletic Trainersâ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 34,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of the NATA â to support their profession, and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually. The NATA headquarters in Dallas, Texas, currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to supports NATAâs mission.