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 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




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.


NWATA Representative Opening
Application deadline is February 24th

There is an opening for the NWATA representative to the the NATA Professional Education Committee.  

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


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


NWATA Family Scholarship

The Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association would like to announce a new annual $500 scholarship created for a student of an active NWATA member attending college.  

  • Applicant must be a non-married, dependent son or daughter of a member in good standing of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA)/Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (NWATA) prior to the application deadline.
  • Applicant must be accepted or enrolled full-time at a college/university undergraduate course of study the same year of application. 

For more information, please visit HERE 

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


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.



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 Abstract 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



Thank You to Our NWATA Sponsors

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