Athletic Training in North Dakota

The North Dakoa Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. is a member of the Mid America Athletic Trainers Association (MAATA, NATA District V) which is composed of seven-member state athletic training organizations. The state associations for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and South Dakota comprise the district association population of the 10 districts within the National Athletic Trainers Association numbering over 5000. The MAATA (www.maatad5.org), organized over 40 years ago, has a rich history of leadership from members of the NDATA. The National Athletic Trainers Association, Inc. (NATA) is considered the “parent” organization of the profession. 

Established in 1950, the NATA (www.nata.org) represents over 30,000 athletic trainers worldwide. Based in Carrollton, Texas, the NATA establishes and supports standards advancing the profession of athletic training. The Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC) sets the standards for the practice of athletic training. The BOC is the only accredited certifying body for athletic trainers in the US. The BOC (www.bocatc.org) was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level athletic trainers and recertification standards for Certified Athletic Trainers. The entry-level certification program is designed to establish standards for entry into the athletic training profession.

NDATA Board of Directors

Executive Director | District 5 Representative

Nikki German Knodel PhD, LAT, ATC – Athletic Trainer- Sanford Health, Paraprofessional – SVSE



Brandy Currie, M.Ed, LAT, ATC – Senior Specialist, Talent Development – Wipfli LLP


Vice President

Alyssa Albrecht, MS, LAT, ATC – Barnes County North School District, 7-12 PE/Health, Athletic Trainer, BERT Coordinator

District 5 ATsCare


Secretary Treasurer

Shannon David PhD, LAT, ATC, ROT, PES – Associate Professor-NDSU , Program Director – Professional Athletic Training Program, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences


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