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J Athl Train. 1999 Oct-Dec; 34(4): 397-399, 401-406.
PMCID: PMC1323355

44 Years of “The Journal

Kenneth L. Knight, PhD, ATC* and Clint Thompson, MS, ATC



To review the 44-year history of theJournal of Athletic Training.


We examined the 179 issues of the Journal and selected 9 years (every 5 years beginning in 1957) for a page-by-page analysis of content. We interviewed 8 former Editors and Editors-in-Chief and drew upon our own experiences during a combined 56 years of association with the Journal. The Journal has undergone significant changes in both structure and quality; its growth mirrors the growth of the athletic training profession. During its infancy, the Journal relied greatly on reprints from other journals. Now, most authors are certified athletic trainers, sharing the results of their own scholarship.


The Journal, like the athletic training profession, is alive and strong. It has become an independent leader in the dissemination of athletic health care information.

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  • Professional growth and maturity. J Athl Train. 1995 Jun;30(2):101–101. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Knight KL. A journal for clinicians. J Athl Train. 1992;27(1):5–5. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Knight KL, Ingersoll CD. Structure of a scholarly manuscript: 66 tips for what goes where. J Athl Train. 1996 Jul;31(3):201–206. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Knight KL, Ingersoll CD. Optimizing scholarly communication: 30 tips for writing clearly. J Athl Train. 1996 Jul;31(3):209–213. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Knight KL, Ingersoll CD. Developing scholarship in athletic training. J Athl Train. 1998 Jul;33(3):271–274. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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