Jatin P. Ambegaonkar, PhD ATC OT CSCS
MAATA Representative, NATA Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE)
Director, Sports Medicine Assessment, Research, and Testing Laboratory
Coordinator, Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Graduate Program
Associate Professor, Athletic Training Education Program

Bull Run Hall, MS 4E5, 10900 University Blvd.,
George Mason University, Manassas, VA 20110
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An Important Message from COPE

Fall 2014 Report

Maintaining the NATA Ethical Standards - A Professional Responsibility!

As a NATA member, it is imperative that all of us do our due diligence to maintain the ethical standards or our organization and the profession. In fact, we all have a professional and ethical obligation to do so as per the  NATA Code of Ethics Principle 2.3 states:  Members shall report illegal or unethical practices related to athletic training to the appropriate person or authority.  


The process for filing an ethics complaint is quite simple and members have several options for filing complaints.  First, you may go to the NATA website and complete the online complaint form at this address: Second, you can contact the NATA Staff liaison to the NATA COPE – Jessica McDowell - via email ( or telephone (972-532-8830),and she can assist you with filing a complaint. Third, you may contact your District COPE representative and they can assist you with questions you may have or with filing a complaint.  It is important to note that as a matter of policy, all complaints must be made in writing and should offer as much detail as possible regarding the situation/incident that has precipitated the complaint.  ALL complaints are kept strictly confidential and the identity of the individual(s) making the complaint is never revealed to the subject of the complaint. Likewise the identity of the subject of the complaint is also never released publicly or privately before, during, or after the investigation/adjudication process unless specifically required as part of the final outcome of the case, i.e., a public censure.

I hope that this information is helpful to you in understanding your professional and ethical obligations as a member and should you have any further questions, comments, or concerns please address them to your DIII COPE representative Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar, ATC

On behalf of the COPE
DIII Representative 
Dr. Jatin Ambegaonkar, ATC 

May 2014 Report

1 - The COPE is working with the BOD to discuss what happens to NATA members who have been awarded by the NATA (e.g. HOF - Hall of Fame, MDAT - Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award Recipients or other award recipients) and are found to be in violations of the NATA Code of Ethics and the Membership Standards at a later time. COPE members will discuss this at the NATA symposium.

2 - At the NATA symposium this year, the COPE (Committee on Professional Ethics) educational program is scheduled for Thursday morning  June 26 2014, 7- 8 am in a Peer to Peer format. The plan is to give attendees an opportunity to discuss ethical situations and dilemmas with one another and members of the committee.  We encourage MAATA members to attend.

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