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Read the current NWATA Student Newsletter, The Skim

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.


Current News

On Sunday at its annual conference in Washington, DC, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement on “Tackling in Youth Football.”  The statement recommends, among its primary suggestions, that athletic trainers should be available on the sidelines during practices and games as evidence shows they can reduce the number of player injuries.

This news generated widespread media coverage. As a result, NATA has been contacted for select media interviews including:


CBS Evening News:

On Monday morning, CBS Evening News contacted us and asked for an athletic trainer ideally based in Chicago (where correspondent Dean Reynolds was working from) with insight on the youth sports safety landscape for that evening’s broadcast. We set up an interview with former SSATC Chair Brian Robinson.  


The segment was highly educational with repeat mentions of athletic trainers, quotes from statement author Gregory L. Landry, MD (including recommendation of ATs) and Brian Robinson. Our benchmark study statistics are include onscreen and mentioned in Dean’s closing comments. The segment was also a follow up to the death last weekend of Chicago high school athlete Andre Smith, the seventh youth sport fatality in recent months.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pediatricians-tackle-growing-problem-of-fatal-footbal-injuries/(audience reach: 5,462,492 for the broadcast; 11,114,459 for the website)



Reporter Amy Norton contacted NATA for comments on the AAP policy statement. MaryBeth Horodyski was interviewed and the story is now online. Since HealthDay is a news service that distributes stories to media outlets nationwide we are tracking coverage throughout the week. We’ve seen nine stories already including this one on the USNews.com site:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/10/26/safe-tackling-ok-in-youth-football-pediatricians-group-says (audience reach for this story exceeds 15 million)




Committee Opening!

We need a district 10 Member to serve on the Executive Committee for Education (ECE)
beginning in June 2016.

The Executive Committee for Education sets the direction for athletic training education. Emphasizing a commitment to improving patient care through an evidence-based approach, the ECE proactively influences best educational practices that reflect the profession's interdisciplinary nature and commitment to learning across the professional's lifespan. The Executive Committee for Education is comprised of members from the Professional Development Committee, Professional Education Committee and Post-Professional Education Committee and the Athletic Training Education Journal editor and liaisons to the Board of Certification, Inc (BOC), the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), and the NATA Research and Education Foundation (NATA Foundation). The Executive Committee for Education was formed in 1996 in response to recommendations from the NATA Task Force on Education.


If you are interested please send Cari and letter of interest and resume by Nov. 20th.


Nominations Open!

Deadline December 1st


Two NWATA awards are open for nominations.

NWATA Outstanding Service Award:  This award recognizes those athletic trainers whose outstanding contributions and dedicated service have furthered the advancement of the NWATA and the athletic training profession.  

NWATA New Horizons Award:  This award recognizes those athletic trainers who are relatively new to the profession and are making a significant contribution at the district level.  The intent is to recognize members who are new to the profession (having been ATCs fewer than 15 years) but are making a very positive impact on the profession while still fairly early in their athletic training careers.  

Nomination forms and additional information about the awards can be found under the Honors & Awards tab.

NWATA AWARDS Nominations are due to
Greg Mitchell at
greg.mitchell@boiseschools.org by December 1st. 

Also consider nominating a colleague for the NWATA Hall of Fame.  Directions and additional information also located HERE.


 2016 Call for Abstracts

Opens November 1, 2015

Closes December 15, 2015

Read more HERE

Northwest Athletic Trainers' Association Convention
April 1-2, 2016
Boise, ID


Read the NWATA Student Newsletter October Issue, The Skim


Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

Deadline November 30,2015

SSATC and Gatorade are excited to announce the second year of The Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award.  This 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.  Each winner will receive a $1,000 grant toward the program featured in their submission; a Gatorade G Series Performance package – which includes everything from coolers and squeeze bottles to product and towels, a Sidelines Cart – that will help give teams’ sidelines a professional look – and an all-expense-paid trip to NATA Annual symposia in 2016 (flight, accommodations and conference registration).


  • Active certified athletic trainer and a current member of NATA
  • NPI #
  • State Licensure  # (If Applicable)
  • BOC certified
  • A full-time or part-time employee in the secondary schools

 Click Here for nomination form and details.


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