Abstract Submission

Submission of the abstract is for RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS only, not for application to be a speaker/presenter at the conference



Instructions for Submission of Abstracts and Process for Review of All Submissions

Individuals may submit only one abstract as primary (presenting) author, but may submit unlimited abstracts as a co-author. All abstracts will undergo blind review. Data must be original (unpublished) and not have been previously presented.

Specific Content Requirements for Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Abstracts must include the purpose of the study and hypothesis, a description of the subjects, the experimental methods and materials, the type(s) of data analysis, the results of the study, and the conclusion(s). Authors are required to categorize their abstracts in one of the following specific areas of research:

  • Basic Science - includes controlled laboratory studies in the sub-disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, and motor behaviour, among others, which relate to athletic therapy.
  • Clinical Studies - includes assessment of the validity, reliability, and efficacy of clinical procedures, rehabilitation protocols, injury prevention programs, surgical techniques, etc.
  • Educational Research - a broad category ranging from basic surveys to detailed athletic training/sports medicine curricular development. An abstract in this category will generally include assessment of student learning, teaching effectiveness (didactic or clinical), educational materials and curricular development.
  • Sports Injury Epidemiology - includes studies of injury patterns among athletes. These studies will generally encompass large scale data collection and analysis. Surveys and questionnaires may be classified in this category but are more likely to come under the Observation/ Informational Studies category.
  • Observation/Informational Studies - includes studies involving surveys, questionnaires, and descriptive programs, among others, which relate to athletic therapy.
  • Case Studies - Information on a single case relating to a unique injury or outcome. Sections heading might include background, differential diagnosis, treatment, uniqueness, and conclusions.

Instructions for Preparing the Abstract

Provide all information requested on the Abstract Author Information Form found below.

  • Abstracts should be word-processed using Times New Roman 12pt. font. Top, bottom, right, and left margins should be set at 1.5" using a standard 8.5" x 11" paper size. Type the title of the paper or project starting at the left margin. Left justify the paragraphs. Please do not save as a PDF.
  • On the next line, indent three (3) spaces and type the names of all authors, with the author who will make the presentation listed first. Type the last name, then initials (without periods), followed by a comma. Continue with the other authors (if any), ending with a colon. Indicate the institution (including city and province/state) where the research was conducted on the same line following the name(s) of the author(s).
  • For original research, double space and begin typing the text of the abstract flush left, with single line spacing, in a single paragraph with no indention. Do not include tables or figures. Bold section headings: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Importance
  • For case studies, double space and begin typing the text of the abstract flush left, with single line spacing, in a single paragraph with no indention. Do not include tables or figures. Bold section headings: Background, Differential diagnosis, Treatment, Uniqueness, and conclusion.
  • Full results must be presented, including subject information and (if applicable) means, standard deviations, and full statistical information. The abstract must not exceed 400 words. Abstracts not conforming to submission directions are likely to be rejected.
  • Save two copies:  The blinded copy document will be saved with just the title of your abstract. The non-blinded copy will be saved using the last name of the primary author and first initial followed by the title of the abstract. The CATA uses a blinded peer-reviewed process for assessing the quality of the abstracts, each abstract is evaluated by at least 2 qualified reviewers.
    • E.g. Blinded:  The impact of multiple concussions on cognitive processing
    • E.g. non-blinded:  Smith J. The impact of multiple concussion on cognitive processing

Instructions for Submitting the Abstract

  • Complete the Abstract Author Information form
  • Attach the abstracts to the form below (ensure that you attach the proper abstract with the correct file (i.e. blinded and non-blinded)

If you have any questions, please contact  abstracts@athletictherapy.org


NOTE – At the discretion of the editor, abstracts will be published in the Journal of Athletic Training and Sport Health Care, therefore submissions must be new unpublished research and not submitted to another journal.

*** It is expected that all candidates selected will present a poster and in addition, some will be selected for podium presentations depending on quality and reviewers comments***

***Podium presentations and posters will be presented virtually in October as part of this year’s CATA monthly webinar series.

*** Podium presentations will be live. More details into the presentaton format will be given closer to the research webinar.


Submit an abstract for RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS