About the NWATA

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment,
functional limitations, and disabilities.

NWATA.org was created by the Athletic Trainers in District 10 of the NATA to help disseminate information that is critical to the issues that affect the our membership and to help educate the public about a vital group of health professionals that is working in many different venues working with the active people of all ages.

Important Dates




March 22 – March 25, 2018
Portland, OR
(Red Lion Jantzen Beach)

March 28 – March 31, 2019
Spokane, WA (Red Lion)


June 26-29, 2017
Houston, TX

June 26-29, 2018
New Orleans, LA

June 24-29, 2019
Las Vegas, NV

Keep In Touch

Keep communications up to date! Please remember if your contact information has changed to update it at www.nata.org, including your email address! We want to be able to keep you informed of NWATA news via eblast.

NWATA Newsletters

Read the current NWATA Student Newsletter, The Skim




Your Protection is Our Priority

National Athletic Training Month is held every March in order to spread awareness about the important work of athletic trainers. In addition to providing logos, posters, press releases, sample media alerts and PR toolkits, NATA also sponsors contests for its members.

The 2017 slogan is "Your protection is our priority."

View all National Athletic Training Month resources HERE



NWATA Representative Openings Application Deadline is April 1st

There are two openings for NWATA representatives for the following committees: 

  •  Professional Development Committee
  •  Committee on Professional Ethics

If you are interested in either of these positions, please send your letter of interest and resume to Cari Wood at cari.wood@redmondschools.org


NWATA Proposed Bylaw Changes

NWATA Members, 

Please review the following changes to the bylaws.  We will discuss and vote on these changes at our NWATA Business Meeting in Tacoma.   If you have any questions, please contact Cari Wood at cari.wood@redmondschools.org

Proposed Bylaw changes:

Rationale:  Currently, as per bylaws, the current seated officers make up the nominating committee,   so if a currently seated officer would like to run for another office, there is an empty position on the nominating committee.   

4.6           Nomination and Election of Officers.

(1)The officers of the Corporation shall constitute the Nominating Committee.  The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Past President of the Corporation
. If a currently seated officer is an eligible candidate, they shall choose a proxy to replace them on the Nominating Committee. The proxy should be a certified member in good standing with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.


2nd Proposed Bylaw Changes:

Rationale:  Currently there is no cap on the amount of candidates put forth by the nomination committee for election process.   A bylaw change would cap that at three (3) names per office.

4.6           Nomination and Election of Officers.

(2)  The Nominating Committee shall present to the Membership, a minimum of two (2) or maximum of three (3) names for each office (if possible).  These nominees will be from the membership of the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association.  All nominees must be Certified members of and in good standing with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.  Additionally, nominees must have demonstrated prior leadership experience at the local, state, district, or national athletic trainers associations.


NWATA Professional Advocacy Grant

The Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association would also like to announce the NWATA Professional Advocacy Grant.  The Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association offers an annual grant of up to $500 to support a member Athletic Trainer in support of an activity or event that promotes the profession of Athletic Training, provides professional enrichment for members, or increases awareness or safety amongst those we serve.  

For more information, please visit HERE

Deadline:  March 1st (must be postmarked by this date)


At Your Own Risk

NATA has developed a public awareness campaign, At Your Own Risk, aimed specifically at educating parents, student athletes, school administrators, legislators and employers on the athletic trainers' role as an expert in prevention and safety. Learn more about how you can support this initiative at your local, state and district levels. 


For more information, please click HERE, or visit the At Your Own Risk website.


District 10 NATA Award Winners

On behalf of the NWATA, we would like to extend huge congratulations to our NATA award winners for this year.

2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer
Valerie Moody PhD, LAT, ATC, CSCS 


2017 Athletic Trainer Service Award

Pamela Arriola, MPE, LAT, ATC

Dani M. Moffit, PhD, LAT, ATC

Larry Howe, MS, ATC, LAT

These amazing Athletic Trainers will be honored in Houston!!  See you in June at the Awards Ceremony.


District 10 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium Registration

Greetings NWATA Members!

Meeting registration for the March Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association – District 10 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium is now open!  This year’s meeting is March 17-18 in Tacoma, Washington.  Please use this LINK to access this year’s exciting meeting, which offers 8 Category A CEUs, or click the link below.  We have also applied for 4 EBP CEUs (pending BOC approval).

                                                    CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION!
In addition to the incredible meeting agenda, there are several compelling workshop opportunities.  We are offering one 6 hour workshop on Thursday, in advance of the Symposium, and three morning workshops on Sunday.  Make sure you check out the hotel tab to make your reservations.  (Reservations must be made prior to February 22nd in order to receive the discounted rate.)
We look forward to seeing you in Tacoma!

NWATA 2017 Tacoma Planning Committee


US House Passes Legislation to Protect Athletes and the Medical Professionals Who Provide Their Care

Read More HERE 


Message from Cari

Hello to the NWATA family!

I have the results of your D10 Officer  elections:

Congratulations to Tony Fitzpatrick- he was elected by our membership to be the District 10 Director/President!  Tony is excited to begin the "elect" process and will begin shadowing now until June 2017, when he will take over during "new business" of D10 Membership meeting at NATA symposium in Houston.

It was one of the closest elections we've had- and we are happy with the number of members who voted. Thank you for those who took a moment to vote!

We also want to thank Kasee Hildenbrand for her service and dedication to this organization and profession! She continues to be a driving force and contributes in so many ways!

Congratulations as well to Craig Bennett for being elected as our new Treasurer. He will take over for Jenn Stueckle in June. Jenn has been an amazing Treasurer and she (and her poetry) will be missed! :)

We are excited for the future! Please continue to reach out to your Board of Directors if you have questions, comments, concerns, etc. We appreciate and rely on the input from our members!

Again- congrats to Tony and Craig!




Nominate an Outstand AT Today!

The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer award recognizes a certified athletic trainer from each NATA district who has made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic care program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training.


For more information, click HERE.




Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Videos With the aid of Rusty Baker and Greg Mitchell, we were able to interview 10 NWATA Hall of Fame members at the District meeting in March. Those interviewed were Dale Blair, Gary Craner, Tony Fitzpatrick, Ken Kladnik, Zeke Schuldt, Gary Smith, Mark Smaha, Russ Richardson, Jim Richards and Jim Whitesel. Each Hall of Fame member responded to four questions; how they got involved in athletic training, career highlights, contributions to the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association and their insights that they would like to share with the next generation of athletic trainers. All of the interviews are available on the following you tube link. I highly recommend that you take the time to view this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsfrw4xUNSs&feature=youtu.be


NPI Number - Get One Today!

NATA strongly encourages all Athletic Trainers to register for their National Provider Identifier number (NPI)


An NPI number is a professional requirement that adds credibility to the individual and the profession," said Amy Callender, NATA Government Affairs Director. "NATA encourages all members to obtain their NPI number, which will stay with them for the rest of their career, no matter their job setting or employer."


Please apply for a Type 1 NPI number today



Thank You to Our NWATA Sponsors

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