2018 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

article_westgate las vegasThe 2018 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium sponsored by [SPONSOR HERE} 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

CEUs (Category A CEUs and EBP CEUs) will be offered for the 2018 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.

* 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/Illness Prevention and Wellness, Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis, Immediate and Emergency Care, Treatment and Rehabilitation, and Organization and Professional Health and Well-Being. 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 Research & Grants Committee conducts an awards competition for the Free Communications Program. Abstracts and Grant Proposals are due February 5th this year for the Las Vegas Annual Meeting. Please find information and application on the R&G Committee site: http://www.fwatad8.org/committees/research-grants-committee/.

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

Hotel Reservation Link

Use  “Group Code:  SFW8R” for the room block rates.

The proposal submission site will close on September 1, 2017

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 23 – Feb 28
Mar 1 – Mar 31
Apr 1 – Apr 18
Certified – NATA Member
$ 195.00
$ 230.00
$ 275.00
Certified – Non-Member Join NATA
$ 430.00
$ 465.00
$ 510.00
Student or Student Certified – NATA Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 135.00
$ 135.00
$ 135.00
Student Certified – Non-Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 235.00
$ 250.00
$ 270.00
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:
Refund requests must be sent in writing to salergc@nv.ccsd.net If the request is made prior to refund deadline, FWATA will process your reimbursement 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. FWATA will offer a full refund of registration fees up to one week prior to the start of the Annual Meeting (April 18, 2018 at 11:59pm). Refunds requested within a week of the start of the Annual Meeting will be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. No cancellations will be 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 27 4:00pm-7:00pm (The NATA EBP event is not a FWATA sponsored event. You will not need to check-in onsite to FWATA prior to attending the NATA EBP session)
  • Friday, April 28 7:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday, April 29 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 29 at 6:00pm and includes a pre-event social at 5:00pm (cash bar available). The Awards Dinner is ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant.

Student Leadership Breakfast 

This is an annual event that offers students an opportunity to meet District and National Leaders and other ATCs from various settings in an intimate, casual setting. Space is extremely limited. Preregistration is required and a $20 cash deposit must be made upon registration check-in. Your deposit will be returned upon check-in for the event on Sunday.

For additional events and more information:

FWATA Annual Meeting Special Events

2018 – April 26-29 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formely LVH)
2019 – April 25-28 at the Town and Country Resort and Convention Center

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:

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, 2016 to December 31, 2017. The deadline to submit CEs to the BOC is Decenber 31, 2017 (11:59pm CT). Please use the following link to the BOC Website for more information about maintaining and reporting CEUs: New Link

2017 FWATA Annual Meeting Acknowledgements

Volunteer and Sponsor Acknowledgments

A special thank you to all of our volunteers and sponsors for making this year’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium possible!  Your time, support and contributions are truly appreciated.

On-site Volunteers and Moderators

Leroy Heu, Justine Coliflores, Sanam Rezazadah, Marissa Sumida, Jose Bautista, Michael Barreiro, Nicholas Blank, Mackenzie Bolduc, Erica Capehart, Sarah Cardona-Paul, Taylor Carpenter, Bernie Chavies, Shanice Chedi, Rebecca Cheema, Emily Cherpin, George Chomakos, Katy Cohen, Jolene Dickert, Junior Domingo, Mark Dydasco, Ali Foster, Bret Freemyer, Darryl Funai, Jennifer Garner, Morgan Gilfillan, Kira Girard, Tedd Girouard, Kristen Goetz, Zayna Green, Carolyn Greer, Margaret Ha, Laurel Harris, Kumiko Hashida, Nicholas Hattrup, Tricia Kasamatsu, Robert Kersey, Marcia Klaiber, Mansfield Lam, Brandon Lee, Jonathan Liaos, Sarah Lyons, Nicole MacDonald, Madison Madewell, Bri Maher, Sierra Maison, Theresa Marcos, Andrew Martinez, Steve McCauley, Jacqueline Miller, Melissa Montgomery, Stephanie Moore-Reed, Brean Noble, Marilyn Oliver, Brianna Picone, Izzy Pregozen, Jensen Radley, Kara Radzak, Diana Regalado, Laurent Rodrigues, Erin Rysanek, Frank Sakelarios, Michelle Samuel, Christopher Schmidt, Nicole Shimotake, Tyler Smith, Elena Soler, Beverly Sweet, Yvonne Tapia, Garvin Tsuji, Brenda Valdez Nava, Jocelyn Vigil, Jesse Williams and Christine Wittorff.

Feature Presentation Lab Presenters and Assistant Instructors

Jay Sedory, Special Agent Bob Hunt, Pete Carlo, Don Hales, Anna Sedory, Sarah Beene, Kristen Ross, Kara Radzak, Michelle Samuel and Christopher Blonk.

Treatment Tables

Todd Hamburg, Gus Fukuda, Brian Driscoll, Jenna Levy, Kyle Wilson, Bernie Chavies, Nicole Azevedo and the UNLV Athletic Training Students who assisted in pick-up and/or drop-off of treatment tables for their preceptors.


Thank You

The 2017’s convention attendance number of 1,098, which includes registered attendees, guest and exhibitors, set new record for the FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. With a variety of events, including EBP educational sessions, feature presentation labs, NATA workshops, student sessions, meetings, and social gatherings, FWATA offered something for everyone.

Thank you to all of our on-site convention volunteers for making this year’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium a success! This event would not be possible without each of you and your willingness to donate your time and efforts. We had over 75 onsite volunteers and session moderators assist the Convention Committee in preparations and daily operations during convention week, many of whom signed up for multiple shifts. We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to this year’s lead onsite volunteers, Leroy Heu, Justine Coliflores, Sanam Rezazadah, and Marissa Sumida. Your dedication, time and commitment to the Convention Committee was immeasurable. In addition, a special acknowledgment goes out to Michael Barreiro, our videographer. Please keep an eye out for his work on the FWATA webpage.

We would like to send a big thanks to Dennis Goebel for all of his hard work and acknowledge the Student Scholarship Golf Tournament title and tournament sponsors. The event raise $13,832.46 for FWATA student scholarships!

Title Sponsors:

California Athletic Trainers Association, Orthopaedic Associates Medical Clinic, Inc., Nelson Family, Townsend Design, Mueller, Allstate, Student Insurance, Henry Schein and Tournament Sponsors: Chicago Cubs, T G, and Core Physical Therapy.

If you are interested in presenting for FWATA 2018, the proposal submission site will open in July, 1, 2017. The proposal submission deadline will be September 1, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you again at the 2018 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium on April 26-29 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.



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

Del Sol High School

Kristal Slover

Committee Member

Cal Poly SLO

Far West Athletic Trainers Association