Dear NWATA Members,


Below is a message from the NWATA EDAC Committee with FULL support from the NWATA Board of Directors.



It is with great sadness that we are all witnessing an increase in violence and threats of violence towards some of our most vulnerable.  We cannot ignore these threats, intimidation, assaults, injuries, and deaths fuled by anti-Asian discrimination and hate.  During the past year, Asians and those of Asian descent have been victims of increased racism and xenophobia.  The NWATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee is dedicated to anti-racism and social justice, and we firmly condemn hate and violence of all forms.  This includes the recent acts of violence against the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.


So, to our membership who are people of color, we want you to know that we share in your heartbreak, grief, and anger over the racial injustices.  Seeing recent events reminds us how far we still have to go to both heal from a long history of discrimination, hatred and bigotry, and to continue working against the discrimination, hatred, and bigotry which remain in our society.  We stand next to you and commit to do our best to confront racism through anti-racist action, both in society and within our practice settings and patient populations.

District Membership Vote on NATA Bylaws Update 

Electronic Voting will begin April 5 and close on April 19, 2021.

All Certified and Certified Retired Members are eligible to vote. 


Please contact Director Fitzpatrick at if you have any questions.

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What is athletic training?  Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.


Who are athletic trainers?  Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statutes.


Athletic trainers are sometimes confused with personal trainers. There is, however, a large difference in the education, skillset, job duties and patients of an athletic trainer and a personal trainer. The athletic training academic curriculum and clinical training follows the medical model. Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree. Learn more about the education of athletic trainers.

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