Best Practices - Michigan Athletic Trainers Society (MATS)

Best Practices


Best practices in health care are commonly accepted and multi discipline recommendations for provision of services based on current research, knowledge, and efficacy. These best practices are often disseminated to membership organizations, health care professionals, and the public by means of position or consensus statements. Best practice documents are constantly revised, modified, and enhanced based on new information or knowledge that is gathered through scientific methods in an effort to guide health care professionals as they interact with patients and clients. MATS and its members utilize the position and consensus statements provided by the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA). These position / consensus statements are developed through collaboration of interdisciplinary task forces and are available as a collection through the NATA website at or individually through the links below.
  • Inter-Association Consensus Statement on Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges (July 2013)
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Preventing Sudden Death in Sports (Feb. 2012)
  • Heat Illness Treatment Authorization Form
  • *Please see Consensus Statements for Heat Illness Guidelines
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Safe Weight Loss and Maintenance Practices in Sport and Exercise (June 2011)
  • Pediatric Overuse Injuries (April 2011)
  • Preventing, Detecting, and Managing Disordered Eating in Athletes (Feb. 2008)
  • Management of the Athlete with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (Dec. 2007)
  • Management of sport-related concussion (Sept. 2004) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Management of asthma in athletes (Sept. 2005) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Lightning safety for athletics and recreation (Dec. 2000) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Head down contact and spearing in tackle football (March 2004) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Heads Up video
  • Fluid replacement for athletes (June 2000) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Exertional heat illnesses (Sept. 2002) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Emergency planning in athletics (March 2002) | PowerPoint presentation
  • Environmental Cold Injuries
  • Acute management of the cervical spine-injured athlete
  • National Athletic Trainers' Association: Skin Disease



NATA Position Statement Disclaimer

The NATA publishes its position statements as a service to promote the awareness of certain issues to its members. The information contained in the position statement is neither exhaustive nor exclusive to all circumstances or individuals. Variables such as institutional human resource guidelines, state or federal statutes, rules, or regulations, as well as regional environmental conditions, may impact the relevance and implementation of these recommendations. The NATA advises its members and others to carefully and independently consider each of the recommendations (including the applicability of same to any particular circumstance or individual). The position statement should not be relied upon as an independent basis for care, but rather as a resource available to NATA members or others. Moreover, no opinion is expressed herein regarding the quality of care that adheres to or differs from NATA’s position statements. The NATA reserves the right to rescind or modify its position statements at any time.
© 2015 Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, Inc. All Rights Reserved.