2018 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

article_westgate las vegasThe 2018 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium will be held April 26-29 at the:

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109 | 702.732.5111
Hotel Registration Link

17 CEUs (11 Category A CEUs and 6 EBP CEUs) will be offered for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.  Additional EBP CEUs – FWATA Pre-Conference Learning Lab – 3 EBP CEUs.  Subject to change.*


* In accordance with BOC guidelines, attendees must pre-register, check-in, attend, and complete a session evaluation form in order to earn and receive the EBP CEUs. The EBP CEU Certificates of Attendance will be available at the conclusion of each Evidence Based Practice session.

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The FWATA Annual Meeting is intended primarily for Certified Athletic Trainers but will also have pertinent information and content for other health care providers. Sessions at this meeting will cover all 5 domains of athletic training: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis; Immediate and Emergency Care; Therapeutic Intervention; Healthcare Administration and Professional Responsibility. Educational sessions at this meeting, intended for Certified Athletic Trainers, according to the education levels described by the PDC, are considered to be Essential/Advanced/Mastery Level programming.

There will also be sessions designated for athletic training students. These sessions will primarily be composed of Essential Level programming.

2018 FWATA Program

2018 FWATA Schedule

The program and room assignments are subject to change without notice. Please continue to check the link for updates

Please continue to check for updates, which will include additional programming, abstracts and course objectives.

Interested exhibitors please contact Bill Chambers at jocdok@gmail.com or 760.360.5301.

The FWATA (District 8) Research and Grants Committee has two new initiatives as part of the Free Communications Program!

  • New CASE study/report abstract formats! Contribution to the Available Sources of Evidence (CASE) study/series/reportsare an important part of translating research to practice.
  • New category for outstanding research awards!Clinical Outcome Based Research Award (COBRA) is intended to bring awareness to the Free Communications program to encourage clinician-based research.

Grants and Abstracts are due ONLINE by February 5.  All guidelines and submission form are available HERE.

All awards will be announced at the 2018 FWATA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

Please contact the FWATA R&G Committee Chair with any questions:

Michelle Cleary PhD, ATC
Chair, FWATA Research and Grants Committee
Chapman University, Orange, CA

Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino [April 26-29, 2018]
3000 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Resort Phone: 702.732.5111


A daily resort fee is optional and can be added at check-in or when making your reservation. The price is $33.99 plus tax it includes:

  • Fitness Center access
  • Internet access
  • Local phone calls
  • Parking

Courtesy shuttle bus service to the Las Vegas strip and Downtown Las Vegas. A bus schedule will be provided at check in.

Proposal Submissions are closed for 2017.

The proposal submission period for 2019 is July 1, 2018 through September 1, 2018.

Annual Meeting Registration

Pre-Registration rates are available until March 31, 2018 by 11:59pm PST. We are unable to accept purchase orders.  Accepted forms of payment include: Credit Card (Visa and MasterCard only) and check.

All Registration Fee deadlines are 11:59pm PST.
Convention Registration Fees*
(Your current NATA membership status must match the category for which you are registering)
Jan 29 – Feb 28
Mar 1 – Mar 31
Apr 1 – Apr 28
Certified – NATA Member
$ 195.00
$ 230.00
$ 275.00
Certified – Non-Member Join NATA
$ 430.00
$ 465.00
$ 510.00
Student Certified – NATA Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 135.00
$ 150.00
$ 170.00
Student Certified – Non-Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 235.00
$ 250.00
$ 270.00
Student – NATA Member
$ 135.00
$ 135.00
$ 135.00
Student – Non-Member Join NATA
$ 235.00
$ 235.00
$ 235.00


If you are paying for your registration by check:

  1. First, complete and submit the registration form online
  2. Make your check payable to: “FWATA”
  3. Include copy of online registration confirmation with check
  4. All check payments must be paid in full. Mail check payment and copy of online registration confirmation to:

FWATA Registration
ATTN:  Ginger Lei Ehrke
11022 Saint Rafael Street
Las Vegas, NV 89141

Check Payment Deadlines:

  • EARLY Registration check payments must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
  • ADVANCE Registration check payments must be postmarked by Friday, March 31, 2018.
  • LATE Registration check payments must be postmarked by Friday, April 18, 2018 or due upon check-in at the onsite registration area at convention.

General Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Registration and refund requests must be submitted in writing to salergc@nv.ccsd.net, no later than two weeks prior to the first day convention. All registration cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee. Request made prior to refund deadline will processed no later than eight weeks after the last day of the Annual Meeting. Refunds will be issued in the same form as the payment received. No cancellations will be accepted or processed after the final day of the Annual Meeting.

Important Note: Registrants are responsible for being aware of the various cancellation policies/deadlines and applicable refunds for each selection made. The policies/deadlines can be found under the “Fees” tab of the registration website.

*Rates subject to change


Onsite Registration Hours of Operation*

  • Thursday, April 26 4:00pm-7:00pm (The NATA Pre-Conference Workshop event is not a FWATA sponsored event. Please check-in onsite with FWATA after to attend the NATA Pre-Conference Workshop.)
  • Friday, April 27 7:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday, April 28 7:00am-12:00pm

Group Registration Form (.xlsx)

Fees and Cancellation Policies link

Acknowledgement Statement

FWATA Non-Discriminatory Practices

The Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association (FWATA) ensures that no individual should be denied participation in CE programs offered by BOC Approved Providers on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, military status, sexual orientation or age. FWATA ensures that sole credentialed Athletic Trainers can attend FWATA Education Programs.

  •        Programs are available and accessible to all appropriate participants
  •        No unlawful discrimination is associated with programming or related programs

*Subject to change

Exhibit Hall

A FWATA Symposium annual event, the exhibit hall will offer hands-on viewing of the latest in supplies and services in the sports medicine field. The exhibit hall will be open all day on Friday and in the morning Saturday for members to experience. Detailed hours will be posted as the event approaches.

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the FWATA and the exhibitors, the Friday evening reception is a social event that allows FWATA members and guests to meet our vendors and exhibitors, network, and catch up with friends and colleagues. You will also have the opportunity to speak to the authors of the poster presentations at this event. You must have a name badge to attend.

FWATA Awards Dinner

The annual FWATA Awards Dinner will take place Saturday, April 28 at 6:00pm and includes a pre-event social (cash bar available). The Awards Dinner is ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant.  Additional Awards Dinner tickets available at a cost of $70.00 per person.

The Student Networking Breakfast, formerly titled Student Leadership Breakfast, is pleased to announce the breakfast theme of “ATs Employed in Emerging Practice Settings” during the 2018 FWATA meeting. Students will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with invited ATs who are working within performing arts, industrial, military, hospital, and entertainment settings on April 29, 2018. A hot, buffet-style breakfast will be served for only $10. To RSVP, please click here to sign-up and pay in advance. Seating is limited to 50 students so sign up soon! Late registration (after April 1) fee will increase to $20 if seats are still available.

2019 – April 25-28 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center
2020 – July 14-18 at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay

FWATA is a “BOC Approved Provider.”

Please note that the provider numbers vary by category and/or individual sessions (i.e. EBP sessions have different provider numbers that are unique to each session) when reporting the CEUs you earned from FWATA Annual Meetings and Clinical Symposiums. The provider numbers is located towards the bottom of the CEU certificate of attendance.

For Category A CEUs, enter “Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium” for Activity Ttile. For EBP CEUs, enter the title to the course you attended. Course titles are ocated toward the top of the EBP CEU Certificate of attendance. Listed below is the maxium number of CEUs that were available for each category, for each meeting. Registered attendees are responsible for tracking the actual number of CEU hours that they earned by attending various sessions.

Previous Meetings:

April 27-30, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Westgate Resort and Casino Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
12 Category A CEUs; 5 EBP CEUs

July 12-16, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou
Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
15 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs
**Important Note: If you attended the last EBP session (Speaker: Lori A. Michener, PhD, Pt, ATC, SCS, FAPTA), it is only approved for a maximum of 1.0 EBP CEU, not two. Please make sure to enter the correct number of CEUs to avoid an audit**

April 17-19, 2015
2015 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Town and Country Resort and Spa
San Diego, California
12 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs

April 11-13, 2014
2014 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
16 Category A CEUs

Reporting CE to the BOC:

The current BOC CE reporting period is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The deadline to submit CEs to the BOC is Decenber 31, 2018 (11:59pm CT). Please use the following link to the BOC Website for more information about maintaining and reporting CEUs: New Link


Updated information can be found here as it becomes available and via FWATA membership email updates. For specific questions feel free to contact:

Ruem Malasarn

Committee Commissioner

Cal Poly Pomona

Justine Coliflores

Public Relations

University of San Diego

Kris Boyle-Walker

Program Commissioner

Orthopaedic Specialty Institute

Bill Chambers

Exhibit Coordinator

Palm Springs, CA

Ginger Lei Ehrke

Registration Commissioner

Clark County School District

Kristal Slover

Committee Member

Cal Poly SLO

Darryl Funai

Programming Subcommittee

Kavin Tsang

Programming Subcommittee

Far West Athletic Trainers Association