About the PA Athletic Trainers Society

Athletic Trainers are multiskilled health care professionals who are college educated to provide services for those who are physically active. At this time, Athletic Trainers have a minimum of a bachelors degree from a four-year accredited institution; however, more than forty percent of nationally certified Athletic Trainers in Pennsylvania have masters or doctoral degrees. The education of Athletic Trainers is steeped heavily in the basic and applied sciences, such as chemistry, physics, biology, physiology, anatomy, psychology, and sociology. There also is a strong clinical internship requirement for all Athletic Training students, mandating experience under a nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. Pennsylvania boasts one of the highest number of accredited Athletic Training Programs in the nation (20).

What We Do...

P - Promote the profession of athletic training through public awareness and education.

A - Advocate the athletic trainer as recognized health care providers through continual legislative pursuits and stakeholder relationships.

T - Transact business on behalf of the Society’s membership in a prudent, effective, and collaborative manner.

S - Serve the membership by providing educational, research, scholarship, leadership, and networking opportunities.

PATS Willie Myers Memorial Service Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society, Inc. in cooperation with the Myers family, is honored to announce the Willie Myers Memorial Service Scholarship.  This scholarship will be presented to a deserving Athletic Training Student who has demonstrated exemplary volunteer service to the profession, school, and or the community.  This will be our first scholarship that is not related to academic performance, but entirely to the kind of service that our friend Willie Myers emulated.

George Wilson (Willie) Myers Jr., passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in Richmond, Va. after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Willie was the first student athletic trainer at Penn State University. Upon graduation, he was hired by Penn State as an Assistant Athletic Trainer.   Later he was hired as the head athletic trainer at the University of Pittsburgh. During his career Willie cared for hundreds of athletes, many who became life-long friends. In 2001, Willie was inducted into the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Hall of Fame.

After moving to Somerset, PA, Willie became very active in the community. He served on the board of the Somerset County Humane Society and was a member of the Somerset Lions Club, chosen as president and honored with the Melvin Jones award. Willie was a volunteer athletic trainer for Somerset High School and was elected to the Somerset School Board. He was also selected to participate on the Flight 93 National Memorial planning committee. Willie was a long-time member of Calvary United Methodist Church where he sang in the choir. Willie had a passion for sports and a deep love for Penn State University. His happiest moments were taking care of student-athletes on the sidelines of both Pitt and Penn State. He also loved animals and adopted many homeless pets from the Somerset Humane Society. Most importantly, Willie cherished his time that he spent with his family, his Athletic Training colleagues and students.

Donations to the PATS Willie Myers Memorial Service Scholarship can be made by check to: PATS Inc.  Please put Willie Myers in the note section of your check.  Check can be mailed to:

Jamie Mansell, Treasurer
PO Box  2164
Boothwyn, PA  19061
For question contact, George Roberts, President Elect.    presidentelect@gopats.org

In the News...


All Licensed Athletic Trainers in the Commonwealth are required to renew their license by December 31, 2018. More Info


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Upcoming Events...


Weight Assessors Workshop

Saturday October 20, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Penn Trafford High School

3381 Route 130
Harrison City, PA 15636

Sunday October 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Wilson High School
2601 Grandview Blvd
West Lawn, PA 19609

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CPRS Physical Therapy is honored to present: The EKG Debate: To Screen or Not to Screen? by Dr.Cayce Onks

At Any Cost: Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sport by Dr. Matt Silvis

Wednesday November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm at 102 N Baltimore Street, Dillsburg

cost $20


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