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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.

Research Grants

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 15th by 11:59pm.


Free Communications Abstract Instructions  


Free Communications Abstract Submission Form  

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Research Committee Chair

John Goetschius

Associate Professor

James Madison University



Research Committee Members

Jennifer Cuchna         

Associate Professor, Longwood University

Annemarie Francis    

Athletic Trainer, Saint John Paul The Great Catholic High School

Ryan McCann             

Associate Professor, Old Dominion University

Michele Pye                

Assistant Professor, Shenandoah University

Jacob Resch                

Associate Professor, University of Virginia

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