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The mission of the Arizona Athletic Trainer's Association is to promote and enhance athletic training as an allied health profession in its efforts and ability to service the overall health care needs of the athletic population in cooperation with other organizations and health care professions.


To enhance collaboration and build member engagement.

The Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association (AzATA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 professional membership association for certified and licensed athletic trainers, and others, who support the athletic training profession in the State of Arizona.

The AzATA currently serves over 800 members in Arizona. Certified athletic trainers are recognized as allied health professionals who provide care for active individuals, and who work in a variety of settings including secondary schools, collegiate athletics, rehabilitation clinics, physician’s offices and professional sports. 

Recent News

In Memoriam of Dr. Gary Delforge

On Friday May 19, 2023, our profession lost a Pioneer in Athletic Training Education with the passing of Dr. Gary Delforge.

His passion impacted all of us, not only in our clinical practice of athletic healthcare, but our profession as a whole. As Arizona Athletic Trainers, we are immensely proud of the legacy he left us in the promotion of Athletic Training Education. Students will remember Dr. D for more than just his professional approach to AT Education. He will be remembered for his personal approach to teaching, which included staying close to his former students throughout the years. He was everybody’s surrogate father. He was very warm, welcoming, and friendly. But as many of us know, the “Little General’ had a strong will, too. He was adamant about standing firm in his convictions about athletic training education when speaking to others, including those in leadership positions that may not have always agreed with him, but respected his unwavering dedication. He was proud to be an athletic trainer and he celebrated the devotion, service, and accomplishments of his former students to the profession of athletic training. He spent his professional career advancing the education of athletic trainers, which has touched each and every one of us. He will be missed by many.


The Man - The Educator

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”___ Einstein

Delforge’s greatest legacy will be his students:

400+ Master of Science / Post-Professional AT Students

100's of Head Athletic Trainers

100's of District and State Officers

45+ NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainers

22 NATA Hall of Fame Members

6 NATA Fellows

2 NATA Presidents

2 Accredited Graduate AT Programs (University of Arizona, A.T. Still University)

Many, many program directors and AT faculty.

1960 BS Kansas State University

1961 MS Kent State

1962 Assistant AT – Western Michigan University

1963-70 Head AT – University of Arizona

1973 EdD from the University of Arizona

1981 3rd Chair NATA Professional Education Committee

____ Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Athletic Training Educator Award

1988 NATA Hall of Fame

1994-2000 AT Education Program Director, Arizona School of Health Sciences / ATSU

1994 Bud Miller Award

1994 AzATA Hall of Fame

1994 RMATA Hall of Fame

2001 AOSSM Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award

Gary was blessed with 3 daughters: Julie, Sandy and Kelly

On Behalf of the AzATA Leadership Past and Present

Memoriam Authors

Micheal E. Nesbit, Dennis Murphy, and Jackie Kingma

Dr. Gary Delforge Service Details

Sunday June 11th at 11am

East Lawn Palms Mortuary & Cemetery

5801 E. Grant Rd. Tucson Az

The Arizona Board of Athletic Training currently has two openings for professional member positions 

  • Both positions require at least three years of experience in Athletic Training or teaching in an accredited Athletic Training education program in this state immediately before appointment. 
  • Applicants must also hold a current license as an Athletic Trainer in the State of Arizona. 
  • Board members are required to prepare for and attend monthly meetings, usually held the first Monday of the month at 9:30 a.m.

For more information or to apply visit: https://bc.azgovernor.gov/home

Arizona Medical and Sports Experts Come Together to Advance Lifesaving Measures for State's High School Athletes - Wednesday, April 6th, 2022


Past BOD Meeting Minutes

2023 Regular Meetings Scheduled for the 4th Monday of Each Month @6pm via Google Meet

(Quarterly Committee Meetings May Vary)

2022 AzATA Membership Meeting Recording


Upcoming Membership Meeting:

July 29th, 2023 - Virtual

Link will be sent to members soon!

NATA 2023: ATs Advance Here

June 21-24th

Indianapolis, IN

BOD Nominations are now open! 

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