The purpose of the VATA Research Committee is to promote the production and dissemination of athletic training clinical and professional research by and among students and certified athletic trainer members in Virginia. Specific duties of the committee include:
Coordinating the solicitation, review, and awarding of student research grants in support of the Athletic Training Research Agenda.
Coordinating the solicitation and review of free communications abstracts from students and professional members.
Organizing free communications sessions at the VATA Annual Meeting in collaboration with the Annual Meeting Committee.
VATA Research Grants provide financial assistance to professional athletic training students and doctoral students in Virginia to conduct original research that supports the Athletic Training Research Agenda. Applicants must have a faculty sponsor (advisor) who is a certified athletic trainer and VATA member. See the link below for additional details. Research grant applications are due annually on July 15th by 11:59pm.
Research Grant Application Guidelines & Instructions
Previous VATA Research Grant Winners
Free Communications Program
The VATA Free Communications Program provides an opportunity for students, clinicians, and scientists to share research and clinical case studies with the athletic training community at the VATA Annual Meeting. Those interested in presenting can submit a Free Communications Abstract for peer-review by the Research Committee. See links below for additional details. Free Communications Abstracts are due annually on October 1st by 11:59pm.
Free Communications Abstract Instructions
Free Communications Abstract Submission Form
Research Committee Chair
James Madison University
Research Committee Members
Jennifer Cuchna Assistant Professor, Longwood University
Matthew Gage Professor, Liberty University
Ryan McCann Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
Michele Pye Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University
Jacob Resch Assistant Professor, University of Virginia