Hisotry of JATO
JATO Establishment Meeting
On June 13, 1996, JATO launch meeting was held at the Peabody Hotel near the convention venue of the 47th NATA annual meeting in Orlando, Florida. The 48 of Japanese NATA members and observers attended at the meeting to approve the establishment of JATO. Japan Athletic Trainers' Organization was established 10 years after the private meeting in which its creation was discussed about at the NATA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, back in 1986.
The 2nd JATO Annual Meeting and Seminar
On Sunday, April 20, 1997, JATO Seminar and the 2nd annual general meeting took place at Nippon
Seinenkan in Tokyo. Prior to the general meeting, Dr. Toru Fukubayashi, professor of University of
Tokyo, made a presentation about “Knee Ligament Injuries”and Hiroyuki Sato of Sato Kyo Shouten,
the import sales distributor for the US Langer products, gave a lecture about "Insoles”.
After the seminar, the annual general meeting was held.
JATO Briefing Session and Reception in Salt Lake City
On June 19, JATO briefing session and reception were held in Salt Lake City where the 48th NATA
Annual Meeting took place. The JATO briefing session held from 5pm to 6 pm was mainly targeted to
student athletic trainers in the United States, and each JATO board members including Vice chair
Yoshizumi Iwasaki, Nobuhito Koseki, Chiaki Nakamura, and Kei Aso answered the questions
from the student athletic trainers. Following the session, JATO reception was held at the same
venue with more than 70 participants. As previous year, Kent Falb, the NATA president,
Eve Becker Doyle, the NATA CEO, several other NATA board member, Gene Bayliss,
the NATA International Committee Chair, and some other members from NATA attended.
President Falb and CEO Doyle gave JATO speeches about closer relationships between NATA and
JATO, globalization of NATA, and so on.
Also, Jack Weakly of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Product Inc. which sponsored the reception,
gave an address at the reception. JATO truly appreciated Johnson & Johnson for their support.
In addition, Hiromi Taniguchi, a former Olympic Marathon runner, gave a speech as a special guest.
The 1st JATO Athletic Training Symposium
On March 29th and 30th, 1998, the 1st JATO Athletic Training Symposium took place at
Solid Square Hall, near JR Kawasaki Station. Approximately 200 people including JATO members
attended sessions and showed high interest in athletic training in Japan. On the evening of the 29th,
the welcome reception was held for Sue Hillman and Dr. Gary Delforge who came to Japan as
Date: March 28th and 29th, 1998
Location: Solid Square Hall, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Special sponsor: Sony enterprise Co., Ltd.
Sponsors: Meiji Co., Ltd., IDO-NO-NIPPON-SHA, Oz International Co., Ltd.,
Sato Kyo Shouten Co., Ltd., Book House HD
Dr. Gary Delfoge, Kirksville College Sports Healthcare Program Director
Sue Hillman, Kirksville College Physical Therapy Department Associate Professor
Seminar Part 1:
Athletic Training and ATCs: Internship Programs vs Curriculum Programs,
Roles of Certified Athletic Trainers, Certification and Licenses
Gary Delforge, PhD
Certified Athletic Trainers On The Field: What Will You Do When An Injury Occur?
Sue Hillman, MS
The 2nd JATO Athletic Training Symposium
On March 27th and 28th, 1999, the 2nd Athletic Training Symposium took place at
Solid Square Hall in Kawasaki, Kanagawa. Approximately 130 people attended, including
JATO members. On the evening of 27th, the welcome reception was held for Maggie Lacambra
and Dr. Mike Ferrara and who came to Japan as guest speakers.
Date: March 27th and 28th, 1999
Location: Solid Square Hall, Kawasaki, Kanagawa
Sony Enterprise Co., Ltd., Cramer Japan Co., Ltd., Meiji Co., Ltd., IDO-NO-NIPPON-SHA,
Sato Kyo Shouten Co., Ltd., Book House HD, ALCARE Co., Ltd., SAKAI Medical Co., Ltd.
Dr. Mike Ferrara, Athletic Training Curriculum Director at University of Georgia
Maggie Lacambra, Head Football Athletic Trainer at University of Arizona
JATO Open House and International Breakfast in Kansas City
JATO hosted an open house both on June 17th and 18th in Kansas City where
the 50th NATA Annual Meeting took place. Before the NATA annual meeting, the 2nd World Congress
was held for 2 days in town. Due to this special event, the International Reception which JATO usually
hosts at the convention was organized by NATA this year. JATO offered the breakfast social instead
for providing a place of interaction between members and student trainers. A total of 70 people
participated in 2 days at Open House. Also, on the morning of June 18, at International Breakfast
sponsored by JATO, about 40 people including NATA officials and World Congress members
The 3rd JATO Athletic Training Symposium and Annual General Meeting
The 3rd JATO Athletic Training Symposium took place at Solid Square Hall in Kawasaki on May 20th
and 21st, 2000. JATO invited Dr. Craig Deneger of Pennsylvania State University and Dr. Richard Ray
of Hope College as lecturers. On the first day of the symposium, “Pain in Sports” was discussed about.
On the second day, the key topic was “Foot Injuries in Sports”. Also, as a special lecture
commemorating the 5th anniversary of JATO establishment, Dr. Hiroyuki Nakajima, Professor
at Nippon Sports College Graduate School, gave a lecture on "Current status and
future of sports medicine in Japan" on the first day.
JATO Baseball Athletic Training Seminar
On December 3rd, 2000, JATO Baseball Athletic Training Seminar was held
at Waseda University International Conference Center. Greg Latta of the Chicago White Sox minor
league head athletic trainer, Tong Kao of the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, and Koichi Sato,
Arizona State University Assistant Athletic Trainer were invited. They talked about
"Team Effort for Sports Injury Prevention and Major Leaguer Training" at the seminar.
The 4th JATO Athletic Training Symposium and Annual General Meeting
The 4th JATO Athletic Training Symposium and Annual General Meeting took place at the CSK
Information Education Center on March 24th and 25th, 2001. At this symposium,
"Low Back Pain in Athletes" was the key topic. Julie King from University of Pittsburgh was invited
as a guest speaker. Also, Dr. Hideyuki Miki, the Director of Department of Sports Medicine
at Yokohama City Sports Medical Science Center gave the presentation about "Case Study of
Low Back Acute and Chronic Injuries in Sports". Dr. Nakai Kunii, DC of Sessamoide Chiropractic
Office, talked about "Chiropractic Approach to Low Back Pain".
The 2nd JATO Baseball Athletic Training Seminar
On December 9th, 2001, Baseball Athletic Training Seminar was held with the same lecturers
from the previous year at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center. The seminar was popular
last time and this year it was focused on "Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Program in Baseball".
Greg Latta, Arizona Diamondbacks Minor League Head Athletic Trainer, talked about injury prevention
and rehabilitation in upper extremity and Trung Kao of Chicago White Sox Minor League
Strength & Conditioning Coach discussed strengthening and conditioning for baseball players.
Also, Koichi Sato, Arizona State University Assistant Athletic Trainer, gave a lecture on injury
prevention and rehabilitation of the lower extremity and core.
In addition, JATO Reception was held during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia
in Los Angeles, California in July 2001.
From January to February in 2002, JATO held board member election for the term 2002-2004.
JATO Athletic Training Seminar
On Sunday of March 17th, 2002, JATO Athletic Training Seminar took place at STEP at Chuo College
of Technology. In this seminar, Dr. Shigehito Kuroda of Matsudo Orthopedic Clinic gave a lecture
about "Instability with Acute and Chronic Shoulder Injuries" and Shinichi Chiba, Physical Therapist
at Fujigaoka Rehabilitation Hospital of Showa University, talked about“Shoulder Rehabilitation”.
In June 2002, JATO Breakfast and JATO Reception were held during the NATA Annual Meeting
and Clinical Symposia in Dallas, Texas.
In July 2002, TheraBand Seminar was held at STEP at Chuo College of Technology.
The 5th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 5th JATO Athletic Training Symposium and the Annual General Meeting took place
at Osaka City Central Gymnasium on March 18 and 19, 2003. It was the first JATO event held
in western Japan. At this symposium, Todd Ellen Becker, physical therapist of
Physio Therapy Associates Scottsdale Sports Clinic in Arizona, Dr. Yoshida Minoru of Osaka Kosei
Pension Hospital and Kenichi Watabe of Physio Therapy Associates Scottsdale were invited as lecturers.
On the second day Dr. Shinya Nakazato, Director of Sports Orthopedic at Medical Corporation
Soukai Kita Hospital, Munenori Nishioka from Professional Trainers' Team Co., Ltd., Chiaki Nakamura
(currently at Waseda University) of Tryworks talked about “the Role of Athletic Trainers
and its market" at panel discussion.
In June 2003, JATO reception was held during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical
in St. Louis, Missouri.
JATO Spring Seminar and Annual Meeting
JATO Spring Seminar and Annual Meeting held at Waseda University on March 20th and 21st, 2004.
At this seminar, Dr. Mike Ferrara, a professor and the Director of NovaCare Athletic Training Research
and Educational Laboratory at the University of Georgia, discussed about the concussion and
its return-to-play protocol. Also, Dr. Yuki Izumi, podiatrist at the University of Texas San Antonio
California gave a lecture on functional dissection and biomechanics of the feet.
In June 2004, JATO reception was held during the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia
in Baltimore, Maryland.
The 6th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 6th JATO Athletic Training Symposium and the Annual General Meeting took place
at Waseda University on March 19th and 20th, 2005. The key topic of the symposium
was “the Mind of Athletes". Psychological pressure that athletes receive during pre-season.
Dr. Francis Flint of York University in Canada presented "Pre-Seasonal Preparation of Mind and Body"
and "Psychology of Injured Athletes” to talk about post-injury psychological change and coping.
Also, the professor Koji Takenaka of Waseda University discussed about "To promote athletes' health
behavior change". Professor Sunao Uchida of Waseda University presented "Depression and Over
Training Syndrome" from a psychiatric point of view. A topic on sports psychology, "Mental Training
For Athletic Trainers" by Yoichi Kozuma, assistant professor of Tokai University, provided informative
sessions for the athletic trainer.
From January to February in 2005, board of directors’ election was held for the term of 2005-2007.
The 7th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 7th JATO Athletic Training Symposium entitled Growth of Athletic Training and New Challenges
of ATCs in Japan" took place on March 18th and 19th, 2006. In commemoration of the 10th
Anniversary of JATO's foundation, Don Lowe from Syracuse University and ten other lecturers from all
over the country were invited to make presentations. On the first day of the symposium, Mr. Lowe
talked about "The Role in Sports Medicine Team". Next, Yoshizumi Iwasaki, the head athletic trainer
of NEC Red Rockets and a former student of Syracuse University’s, talked about sports medicine team
building in Japan. Then Tadayoshi Takahashi of Waseda Jitsugyo presented “Athletic Trainer in High
School Setting” . Mr. Takahashi talked about how he got the job opportunity, daily duties in high
school setting, and future possibilities.
On the second day, the key topic was "Athletic Trainer; Past, Present, and Future".
From young professionals to veterans, several lecturers those who were engaged either in traditional
setting or new ones. In the morning, the 10th anniversary key note speech entitled "The History of
JATO and the Future of AT in Japan" was presented by Jiro Shikakura. He talked about the history of
athletic training, the role of ATCs in Japan and the launch of JATO. After that, Mr. Lowe gave
a lecture on "Transition of Athletic Trainer as a Profession". In the afternoon, the topic was
"Changes and Attempts in AT Education". Shinsuke Higashi of Ritsumeikan University, Saori Yoshida
of Tokai University, and Masami Hamamura and Kota Watanabe of Fukuoka Resort & Sports College
gave lectures and talked about their circumstances for each institution.
In the second part of the afternoon, under the theme of "ATC's New Trial", Dr. Takeshi Suzuki,
the CEO of R-body project Co., Ltd., Nami Honda of Little Gym and Kunihiko Kishi of Yamanashi
Gakuin University made presentations about new employment setting for ATCs. Lastly, the panel
discussion was held by all lecturers. A variety of topics were discussed. After each lecturer talked
about the prospects in 10 years, the symposium has closed.
The 8th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 8th JATO Athletic Training Symposium took place at Tokyo Big Sight on March 17th and 18th,
2007. Benny Vaughn who was an experienced athletic trainer and massage therapist for many years
and Koichi Sato from Athletes' Performance (currently EXOS) were invited as lecturers.
The symposium entitled "Manual Therapy and Body Work in Athletic Training".
The 9th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 9th JATO Athletic Training Symposium took place at Tokyo Big Sight on March 15 and 16, 2008.
Kelly Mullenix of Duke University Athletic Rehabilitation Director and Koichi Sato from
Athletes’ Performance (currently EXOS) were invited as guest speakers. The symposium entitled
"Recovery of Motor Function Focused on Movement: Theory and Practice". Mr. Mullenix gave
a lecture on Turf-Toe with a new approach called Total Motion Release.
Also, Mr. Sato talked about mutual relations between movement, function, disability and efficiency.
As a special lecture, Chika Hirai, Japan Anti-Doping Organization Testing Manager made presentation
entitled "World Anti-Doping Movement and Impact on Japan's Athletics".
The 10th JATO Athletic Training Symposium
The 10th JATO Athletic Training Symposium took place at Tokyo Big Sight on March 7th and 8th,
2009. Yen McLeod, a physician’s assistant, and Tamera McLeod, associate professor
at AT Still University were invited. Yen McLeod gave lectures on the pathology of myofascial trigger
point and the approach. Tamera McLeod gave a lecture on "Concussion Evaluation and Management in
Sports" in detail. In addition, Hisanori Tada, full-time lecturer at Teikyo Heisei University,
talked about smoking cessation program at Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, a professional baseball
team. His presentation entitled "Role of Athletic Trainer; Sports and Smoking Cessation"
In addition, Masayo Oishi who supported National Softball Team at the Beijing Olympic Games talked
about the path to the gold medal and also about the warming up and cooling down.
The JATO reception at the NATA Annual Meeting was canceled considering the influence of the swine flu.
To Be Announced.