NWATA Newsletter
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 31 – April 3, 2016
Boise, ID (Boise Centre/Grove)

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 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.


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



NWATA Secretary

The primary duties of the Secretary are as set forth in the By-laws of the Association. In addition, the Secretary shall perform the duties set forth below.

  1. Perform the duties of the President/Director in the absence of the President/Director.
  2. Advise the President/Director on matters regarding parliamentary procedure as set forth in "Robert's Rules of Order."
  3. Oversee assigned committees and projects as directed by the President/Director.
  4. Publish a quarterly Association Newsletter
  5. Oversee the Association Website and Webmaster


If you are interested in running for Secretary please send a letter of interest to Russ Richardson by Aug. 15, 2015.



Responsibilities of the Chair:

  • Communication with the Board:  All committee chairs shall submit a written report of committee activities to the Secretary prior to a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board. The Secretary will notify the committee chairs of when the report is due and the date/time of the Board meeting in which the reports will be presented.    Committee Chair reports should detail committee activities since the previous report. This includes, but is not limited to, any changes in committee structure and progress on committee projects. In the event there is no action, the chair should submit a report stating there is no activity. In certain circumstances the committee chair may be asked to submit additional reports to the Board. If the committee is involved in a special project, the Board may request an update in order to track the progress of the project.


  • Communication with the members:  Committees shall give, when requested, an oral report of committee activities at regularly scheduled meetings of the Board and membership. Committee chairs may also be asked to provide a written report periodically to be published in the newsletter


  • Attendance at meetings:  The committee chair is expected to attend all regular meetings of the Association. If attendance is not possible, the chair shall select an informed committee member to represent the committee.  Each committee chairperson (that corresponds with the NATA) is eligible to receive $150 to use towards travel costs to attend District committee meetings and/or business.  They must be registered and attend the District meeting, and submit a written request to the Treasurer to receive these funds.


  • Committee chairs are responsible for maintaining an accurate roster of committee members and their business addresses, telephone number, and e-mail address. Whenever there is a change to the roster, the chair should immediately notify the Secretary.


  • The committee chair shall coordinate the activities of the committee to fulfill the goals of the committee.


The following Committee Chair positions are open (each term will begin June 2016), but you will attend the Joint Committee Meeting in January 2016 to begin to learn your role.  Please send a letter of interest and resume/CV to Cari Wood by Aug. 15th

College/University Athletic Training Committee

This district-based committee is comprised of members from the collegiate setting, an athletic director and an NCAA delegate. Each district representative chairs a district sub-committee that includes representatives from the following practice settings: NCAA Division IA, IAA, IAAA, II & III; NAIA Division I & II; junior college; certified assistant athletic trainers; team physicians.

Identify and address issues affecting athletic trainers in the college and university setting.


  • Study and discuss the unique concerns associated with the college/university practice setting.
  • Develop programs and activities to address concerns and enhance the effectiveness of college/university athletic trainers.


Committee on Practice Advancement               

This district-based committee is comprised of members from all settings, including clinical and emerging practices, with experience in billing, revenue generation, reimbursement, job creation and practice advancement.

Advancement of the athletic training profession in business and employment opportunities, compensation, and brand recognition of athletic trainers as health care professionals


Student Leadership Committee 

The mission of the Student Leadership Committee shall be to provide a voice for students within the athletic training community. The SLC promotes learning about issues impacting the athletic training profession, getting involved in volunteer opportunities, and taking a stand on matters impacting students in the present and future. The SLC offers information, encouragement and advice, and also plans and implements quality educational and networking opportunities at NATA’s annual meeting.


Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers’ Committee

This district-based committee is comprised of members from the secondary school setting.

Mission Statement
The Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee (SSATC) is dedicated to recognizing the unique concerns and responsibilities associated with the secondary school athletic training practice setting, and to developing and providing materials and information that may enhance the effectiveness and marketability of athletic trainers working in this setting.

Strategic Goals

  • Increase the availability of athletic training services for all secondary school student-athletes
  • Empower SS ATs to quantify and articulate their value within the secondary school community
  • Increase public awareness of key issues affecting the safety of interscholastic and youth athletics
  • Encourage SSATs to evaluate their role in the advancement of athletic safety legislation
  • Provide resources and educational opportunities for secondary school athletic trainers
  • Promote and encourage the secondary school setting as a viable career destination


Young Professional Committee

This district-based committee is comprised of certified members. Eligible candidates have been NATA members at least one year and are 32 or younger July 1 of the appointment year.

Address issues of athletic trainers 35 and younger.


  • Develop strategies to increase recruitment, retention, volunteer involvement and annual meeting attendance among young athletic training professionals.
  • Provide programs, activities and educational opportunities to address young professional needs.
  • Promote professional socialization of young professionals.

Requirements to serve on the Young Professionals’ Committee

Required Qualifications

  • Must be under 32 years of age on July 1 in the year of appointment
  • NATA member for a minimum of two complete years
  • Certified Athletic Trainer for a minimum of one complete year Has been a district member for a minimum of one complete year Able to regularly participate in conference calls
  • Able to attend NATA conventions and district meetings Demonstrates interest in NATA and YPC issues Actively participates in NATA initiatives
  • Is engaged in, promotes, and demonstrates loyalty to the profession of athletic training and the NATA
  • Has NPI Number
  • Prior involvement with student organization and/or state, district and national organizations

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrates attributes necessary to lead or work on subcommittees and create/carry out initiatives at the district or state level
  • Demonstrates professionalism and strong leadership skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Interested in mentoring programs
  • Demonstrates respect for and sensitivity to the thoughts/ideas/comments of other committee members and athletic trainers
  • Able to give/receive constructive criticism 
  • Demonstrates excellence in the workplace




  • Established in 2005, NATAPAC works on behalf of all athletic trainers to enhance health care for both athletic trainers and those who receive care.
  • NATAPAC will work to effect change by supporting candidates for public office whose views and intentions mesh with our own goals.
  • NATAPAC is the voice of the athletic training profession, seeking better working conditions, fair access and the right to practice for all athletic trainers across America. 


Governmental Affairs Committee

This council is comprised of members with interest or expertise in state legislative or regulatory affairs. Included on the council are liaisons from the BOC and the Council on Revenue.

Oversee the Association’s governmental relations and regulatory efforts. Advocate for regulation favorable to athletic training.


  • Serve as a resource on the governmental affairs process and support member activities pertaining to state regulation of athletic training.
  • Work with federal, state and local regulatory bodies to facilitate regulations and laws compatible with athletic training.
  • Recommend positions to the board on specific athletic training regulatory and governmental issues.


Immediate Opening for Governmental Affairs!!!  Send letter of interest by Aug. 15th to Cari Wood


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