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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 16 – March 19, 2017
Tacoma, WA (Murano Hotel)

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 2-27, 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.




Check out the latest Student Newsletter:  The Skim


Your Help is Needed

The 500 year flood has hit South Louisiana, and many Athletic Trainers have been affected.  Many live in non-flood zones have never seen this kind of flooding (Katrina, Rita, Gustauve...) have had their homes engulfed in flood waters.  90% of homes in one town alone are underwater. Something the people in Louisiana have never seen before.

The Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association (LATA) is taking the initiative to raise funds on behalf of our friends and colleagues whose homes have floodedWe will use the money to support the many Athletic Trainers who have been impacted.


This widespread devastation has left us heartbroken.  As Athletic Trainers we are built to adapt to any situation, make adjustments and that is what we plan to do together.

We will be forever grateful for your contribution no matter what amount you decide to give. It will enable us to help these Athletic Trainers in Louisiana to rebuild.

We need the Athletic Training nation to pull together.  Please DONATE then SHARE with your other Athletic Trainer friends.

Scott Arcenaux, ATC, LAT 
 President, Louisiana Athletic Trainers' Association






Committee Opening

The NWATA is accepting applications for the District 10 representative to the NATA Professional Responsibility Committee (PRC).  This committee is focused on making advancements in legal, ethical, and regulatory (LER) issues in athletic training.

If you are interested, please send your Letter of Interest and CV to Cari Wood at cari.wood@redmondschools.org  Deadline for application is August 31st, 2016 


New Research Grant Request for Proposals

The NWATA Research Committee is calling for research proposals for a new D10 research grant.  This award of $1000 aims to provide financial support for quality research that advances the discipline of athletic training.  This award prioritizes graduate student and new investigators within D10.  The deadline for application is January 20th, 2017.  See full award details & instructions HERE.  Questions can be directed to Dr. Cynthia Wright at cwright@whitworth.edu


2017 Call for Free Communications Abstracts for D10 in Tacoma

 The NWATA Research Committee is calling for research abstracts for the NWATA Free Communications program.  The Free Communication program provides a forum for dissemination of research and clinical case studies in poster and oral presentation formats at the NWATA Annual Meeting.  All clinicians, students, and faculty are invited to participate.  The deadline for submission is December 15th, 2016.  See full submission details and instructions 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