District 8 News from California, Hawaii and Nevada

A Simple Thank You

Many times our jobs as athletic trainers are touted as being a “behind the scenes” type job. One in which our athletes/patients shine while we smile brightly on the sidelines. Very rarely do we get recognition for our daily accolades, but that’s ok. That isn’t why we do what we do. We are athletic trainers because we enjoy helping keep our patients healthy and on the field– the court, the…

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Holli Jackson Receives FWATA PR Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of health care. This quarter’s winner, and very first recipient, is Holli Jackson MS, ATC, LMT of Edison High School in…

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Help Support the Women in Athletic Training Research Endowment

The NATA Research and Education Foundation’s Women in Athletic Training Research Endowment is about $6,000 short of reaching its goal and we would like your help to kick things into high gear before the 2015 Convention. Here is the suggestion: It would be great that as many of us as possible make at $10 donation to the NATAREF in honor of a woman who was influential in your athletic training career. …

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The Fall Issue Newsletter is Here

Click Here to view the Fall 2014 FWATA Newsletter. This electronic newsletter is published twice a year by the Far West Trainers’ Association for its members. For information contained in this newsletter or to submit articles or ideas please contact the FWATA Newsletter Editor and District 8 Secretary: Lyn Nakagawa, MA, ATC, CSCS at 808.956.7144 or email: Archived issues can be found on the Resources page in the “Quick Links” column…

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Scott Sailor Wins NATA Presidential Election

The results the NATA presidential election are finalized, and former FWATA District Director, Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, has been voted by the membership to be our next president. He will take office in June 2015. Our sincere thanks to Russ Richardson for his willingness to serve the association and to all the members who engaged in the voting process. We caught up with Sailor shortly after he received the big news from…

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The Tragic Risks of American Football

Sixteen-year-old Chad Stover died playing a game after suffering a traumatic brain injury. Is the game worth it? It was Halloween night, and the Tipton Cardinals needed a tackle. With the team trailing Sacred Heart 27-18 in the opening round of the Missouri high school playoffs, a stop here–on first down and 10 with less than seven minutes to play–would help keep its fading season alive. As the running back…

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Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award: Now Accepting Nominations

SSATC and Gatorade are excited to announce 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…

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FWATA COPA Welcomes New Members and Plans Exciting Year Ahead

The Far West Athletic Training Association (FWATA) Committee on Practice Advancement (COPA) has an exciting year ahead. COPA promotes clinical opportunities in athletic training emerging settings of Military, Performing Arts, Occupational Health, Physician Extenders, Public Safety, New Sports, and Business. Welcoming its new members to the committee this July, COPA members were assigned to workgroups in their specialty field of emerging settings. Workgroups are currently meeting and planning their initiatives…

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California Governor Signs Bill to Limit Football Practices

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that will limit football practices for middle-school and high school students, a movement that is gaining steam across the country as awareness of the dangers of repeated hits to the head increases. The California law prohibits teams from holding full-contact practices during the off-season and limits them to no more than two 90-minute, full-contact practices a week during preseason and…

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