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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.





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.


Public Relations Update

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)


Read the NWATA Student Newsletter October Issue, The Skim




  • 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