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Madison Athletic Training Student Association (MATSA)

The Madison Athletic Training Student Association (MATSA) was established in order to fill the need for a campus organization which aids in the enrichment of knowledge and the advancement of the athletic training profession. The goals of MATSA are three-fold:

  • Academic Goal - To promote the growth of knowledge, stay abreast of current trends, and help students stay informed about educational requirements in the athletic training profession.
  • Social Goal - To bring together individuals within the JMU community interested in the field of athletic training.
  • Professional Goal - To provide members with the opportunity to interact with local health professionals and to gain knowledge of the athletic training field through attending conventions, lectures, and other group activities.

The executive board consists of the President, Vice president of Outreach, Vice President of Innovations, Secretary, Treasurer, Special Events Coordinator, and Alumni Connection Officer. Officers are elected at the end of each Spring semester for service in the following academic year. Along with the executive board, a faculty/staff advisor serves as a consultant and aids in the guidance of the organization.

2018-2019 Officers

  • President:  Alaina Craig
  • Vice President of Innovations:  Kathryn Young
  • Vice President of Outreach:  Kaitie Mast
  • Secretary:  Abby Forsyth
  • Treasurer:  Keri Carmack
  •  Social Chair: Casey Scheuer
  • Alumni Chair: Aly O’Reilly

MATSA is open to any JMU student who has an interest in learning more about the athletic training profession or other related field. Past activities have included a Mentor/Mentee program, an alumni database, Relay for Life, community service, picnics, and various exciting fundraisers. Meetings are held four times a month in the Engineering & GeoSciences Building.  Dues are paid for the full year ($40) or by the semester ($25).

To be added to the MATSA e-mail list, or if you have any questions about MATSA, please contact the current President of the organization, Alaina Craig.

Follow us on Twitter @MATSAJMU and on Facebook.


  • On May 20, 2015, the Athletic Training Strategic Alliance announced that the CAATE Standards for Accreditation of Professional Athletic Training Programs will be changed to require that professional programs be at the master’s degree level.  James Madison University is dedicated to meet this accreditation requirement in order to continue providing excellent education to produce strong athletic training health care providers.  Our transition to the master’s degree has begun and will influence students entering JMU as freshman in the fall 2018 semester and thereafter.  These students should refer to information on our Master of Science in Athletic Training Program

    For students who entered JMU in the fall of 2017 or are considering transferring to the University, please note the last admission cycle to the professional phase of the Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree program will occur in spring 2019. Students who have completed all required AT courses and general education courses by the end of the 2019 first summer session are eligible to submit their admission application in April 2019.  Admission decisions will be made in July 2019 once the first summer session is complete.  All future students will need to apply to the Master of Science Program.  The final cohort of students seeking the BSAT degree will graduate in May 2021.


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