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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


December 1, 2014
NWATA Nominations Due




March 27-28, 2015
NWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Spokane, WA


February 27 - March 1, 2015

2015 Athletic Trainers Educators' Conference 

July 10-11, 2015
BOC Athletic Training Regulartory Conference
Omaha, NE

June 22-25, 2016
Baltimore, MD

June 26-29, 2017
Houston, TX

June 26-29, 2018
New Orleans, LA

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.



Time magazine, September 29, 2014:
Total audience reach: 15,472,077

We worked directly with Sean Gregory this summer on what is the September 29 cover story on high school football and the death of an athlete. We had been pitching him ongoing news and he mentioned this particular focus, a request for stats and an interview with Jim Thornton, all of which we provided/set up. NATA is sourced with stats along with a very proactive quote from neurologist Allen Sills and other important safety messages specific to AT coverage and issue of school budgets. The online article is privacy (subscriber) protected and the hard copy issue is now on newsstands.


Additionally, Sean did some national media interviews about the article. Link HERE from MSNBC and Morning Joe where he mentions athletic trainers (and helps to extend our sports safety messages).


The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

Link Here to learn more!



Russ Richardson EDD, ATC
2015 NATA Presidential Candidate

NWATA Members:

Please take a moment to look over our NATA Presidential Candidates and place your vote!   We sometimes hear that some members don’t feel like they are being “heard”.   Now is a chance to actually take a moment to voice your opinion on who should lead our profession and organization at the National level!  District 10 is the SMALLEST in membership.  Let’s make a goal to have the BIGGEST voice with a large percentage of members who vote for the next NATA President! 



It only takes a moment...


A Message from Cari Wood, District 10 Director

Members of NWATA-D10:
We would like to encourage you to keep Russ Richardson in mind as you vote for the next NATA president next week.   We want to endorse and support our own members as they pursue leadership positions!   Even if you don’t agree with everything Russ has done in his time as a leader for NWATA, keep in mind that during his leadership, he has never failed to demonstrate balance, perspective and openness to the issues we have faced.  I believe Russ is level headed and has shown that he evaluates every possible angle to an issue prior to acting/responding; keeping what’s best for our members and profession at heart.   Please reach out to friends in other districts via phone calls and emails to help generate national support for Russ.   We are the smallest district in membership, so we need to find ways to elicit support from other areas as well.  Let’s shoot for “10 for 10”! Reach out to at least 10 members outside of D10 before Sept. 1st!   Thanks for your consideration of Russ, but most of all, be sure to voice your opinion by voting!!!!


Cari Wood, District 10 Director
10 for 10 Campaign


Why do I think Russ Richardson will make a phenomenal NATA president?

Here are a few of the reasons why.  One of the most important things to consider was his leadership during his time as Director of our District.  Not only did he (along with a great team) endow the Smaha scholarship, he put endless time & effort into Alaska’s licensure, brought involve/evolve to the District & led our District meeting to record attendance, but during those 3 years, the NATA and President Thornton tasked him to lead some of the most important issues that face our profession.  He has led components of VisionQuest,  presided over the Nomenclature Task Force and currently chairs the Executive Committee on Education.   Although most of these have been somewhat controversial within the profession, Russ has led with grace and an open mind, always keeping the benefit of the profession at the forefront.On a personal level, I have known Russ as a mentor and friend for the past 19 years.  He was my clinician as an athlete, my instructor as an AT student, and an important guide through my college years.  Even then, I could say, without a shadow of a doubt, that Russ was passionate about our profession and it couldn’t be more true today.

Russ embodies the qualities that would make for an outstanding NATA president.  He leads the membership with a servant’s heart.  He is selfless, compassionate, diligent and dedicated.  He is rational, ethical and thoughtful when dealing with tough issues.  He can inspire people through his demeanor and through his words, yet his is firm enough to convey a message.

I am excited to see what the future of our profession holds, and even more excited should Russ be leading us over the next 3 years.

Jenn Stueckle



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


Three Committee Openings!

Please let Cari Wood know by September 30th if you are interested!

District Representative to the COPE (Committee on Professional Ethics).

The COPE ensures enforcement of the NATA Code of Ethics and the Membership Standards, Eligibility Requirements, and Membership Sanctions and Procedures.  The duties include:

  1. Address ethics complaints.
  2. Ascertain that the Code of Ethics and the Membership Standards, Eligibility Requirements, and Membership Sanctions and Procedures are up-to-date and not in conflict with federal or state laws, rules and regulations, or NATA policy.


Meeting Site Coordinator

  • Vendors – The Exhibit Hall Chair will coordinate all recruitment and organization of vendors, he/she will work directly with the host facility for exhibit hall needs and report these efforts to the MSC.
  • Registration – Location, AV needs, set-up, and coordination of registration materials, hours of operation, and organization of volunteers. Orientate volunteers on registration process.
  • Program Approval – help direct the planning of the conference, this includes approving of speakers, topics, formats, etc. 
  • Support to Local Committee – provide whatever support needed to assist with the programming, payment for gifts, printing needs, and other expenses.
  • Liaison to Executive Board – communication with Executive Board, will forward any concerns and/or comments on to the executive board as well as attain approval for final programming.
  • Hotel - negotiate all contracts, RFP’s, and site visits.
  • Hotel/Conference Center – liaison to the hotel, make room reservations for the assigned leadership, make room reservations for speakers, assign meeting rooms for sessions, and coordinate catering needs for District functions.  The MSC should be the only contact for the Hotel/Conference Center (exception – Exhibit Hall Chair).
  • AV coordination – work with planning committee for speaker AV needs.
  • Catering Coordination – work with student group for student luncheon needs, work with exhibits chair for continental breakfast, and plan District social and any other district activities (District social, BOD Dinner, & transportation needs for D10 guests as well as members). 
  • Oversight of Master Account (with host facility and hotel)
  • Budget – works with Treasurer to assure planning committee is adhering to the District budget.
  • Speaker letters (thank you’s and CEU documentation), and Speaker Check-In.
  • Works with state associations to determine local planning committee chair(s) for future meetings.


Registration Coordinator

  • Registration Desk – will handle on-site registration, name badges and money collection.
  • Registration Website Controller – Builds registration website, tracks & shares #’s with Executive Board and MSC, maintains signup4 account.
  • Sends weekly Eblasts to market annual meeting (info from planning committee for highlighted events/sessions).
  • Maintains attendance records for each meeting (7 year archive).
  • Replacement CEU’s (receive requests and create / send)
  • Process Cancellations and Refunds for meeting registrants
  • Create Invoices and PO’s per member requests for meeting registration.
  • Coordinate with Treasurer on payment status’s for members, financial reports for meeting, and invoices for individuals or groups.
  • Post Meeting survey (create and send), distribute results.
  • Meeting Report (Numbers, locations, etc.)
  • District & State Elections (using signup4)
  • Maintain BOC provider standings and stay current on AP requirements and processes (communicate those to the board).  Responsible for payment of annual renewal fee.