CATA & Winnipeg: A Brief History

CATA is the certifying and governing body for Certified Athletic Therapists practicing in Canada. Established in April 1965 by a group of ATs working with professional hockey and football teams, CATA now represents almost 3000 members. We are dedicated to the advancement and growth of the Athletic Therapy profession through advocacy, education, and research. In 2000 the CATA was a founding member of the World Federation of Athletic Training & Therapy and continues to be an active member today over 20 years later. We are proud to have the MATA host the 2022 WFATT Congress in Winnipeg, Manitoba!


The city of Winnipeg was Canada’s first city to host the PanAm Games in 1967 and was the second city to host them twice (1999). Also a co-host of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, Winnipeg has hosted several sporting events including the World Junior Hockey Championships, Women’s World Hockey Championships, the Grey Cup, and is home to Canada’s first Olympic Gold Medal winning ice hockey team the Winnipeg Falcons (1920).

Academically the CATA accredits 8 premier Athletic Therapy Programs
across Canada including its newest Institution Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, our first fully French program.


The CATA also partners with the Canadian Concussion Collaborative, and the Federal Provincial Territorial Working Group on Concussions in Sport.

WFATT is proud to be a member of the International Council of Sport Science & Physical Education

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