Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

July 12-16, 2016 Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, Hawaii

20 CEUs total (15 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs) will be offered for the 2016 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.

Each registrant will receive one Certificate of Attendance for up to 15 Category A CEUs. Up to five (5) additional EBP CEUs* will be available to ATCs at no additional cost.

* 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.

Additional pre-conference CEUs are also scheduled to be available Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

Registration Times**:

Tuesday, July 12: 4:30-7:00pm

Wednesday, July 13: 7:00am – 5:30pm

Thursday, July 14: 7:00am-1:30pm

**May be subject to change without notice.

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.

Programming is subject to change without notice. Please continue to check for updates, which will include additional programming, abstracts and course objectives.

2016 Educational Program and Meeting Schedule (Preliminary)

The FWATA Managing Board and Convention Committee are aware of the Dengue Fever situation on the Big Island. Based on the information we have gathered it continues to be a safe destination for visitors and residents. Please refer to the information and link below from the State of Hawaii, Department of Health.

The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) is investigating a cluster of locally-acquired cases of dengue fever on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). Dengue is not endemic to Hawaii. However, it is intermittently imported from endemic areas by infected travelers. This is the first cluster of locally-acquired dengue fever since the 2011 outbreak on Oahu.  The Big Island and the rest of Hawaii remain safe destinations for visitors and residents.

Click here for up to date information.

Interested exhibitors please contact Bill Chambers at or 760.360.5301.

The FWATA Research and Grants Committee conducts the Free Communications and Research Grants programs each year. For the awards competition in the Free Communications Program, the committee selects presentations from both the Peer Reviewed and Student Exchange Tracks to be judged and selected during the FWATA Annual Meeting; winners will receive awards ranging from $100 to $225. Additionally, the committee awards up to $3,000 each year for research grants. Proposals are due April 5 2016 for both.

For applications and submission information go to: .

Additional inquiries can be emailed to

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808.930.4900
Reservations: 844.235.6796

Hotel Reservation Link:

Room Rates start at $175 (plus applicable fees and taxes). These rates are good until June, 11 2016 or until room blocks are filled. Rooms will fill quickly so PLEASE RESERVE YOUR ROOM EARLY! Mention Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association to get the room block rates.

The daily resort charge of $31.25 is waived for FWATA group block.


The proposal submission site is now closed for the 2016 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. The Proposal Submission Deadline for the 2016 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Hawaii was December 1, 2015.

Online Registration will open February 16, 2016.

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

Pre-Registration rates are available until June 17, 2016 by 9:00pm PDT. Registration payments sent by mail must be postmarked by June 24, 2016. We are unable to accept purchase orders and can only accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. Pre-Registraion Rates:


Convention Registration Fees
(Your current NATA membership status must match the category for which you are registering)
Feb 16 – Apr 15
 Apr 16 – Jun 17
 Jun 18 – Jul 15
Certified – NATA Member
$ 175.00
 $ 200.00
 $ 225.00
Certified – Non-Member    Join NATA
$ 370.00
 $ 395.00
 $ 420.00
Student Certified – NATA Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 100.00
 $ 110.00
 $ 125.00
Student Certified – Non-Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs)
$ 135.00
 $ 150.00
 $ 175.00
Student – NATA Member
$ 100.00
 $ 110.00
 $ 125.00
Student – Non-Member    Join NATA
$ 135.00
 $ 150.00
 $ 175.00


On Site Registration Rates & Times: [July 12 – July 14, 2016] Tuesday July 12 from 4:30pm – 7:00pm; Wednesday, July 13 from 7:00am – 5:30pm; Thursday, July 14 from 7:00am – 1:30pm

  • NATA Certified Members $225.00
  • NATA Certified Student Members $125.00 (must pay certified member rate if requiring CEU’s)
  • NATA Student Members $125.00
  • Student Non-Members $175.00
  • Non-Members $420.00 | Join NATA

If you are registering by check, you must complete and submit the registration form online, make your check payable to “FWATA” and mail your check to: FWATA | 11022 Saint Rafael Street, Las Vegas, NV 89141.

Cancellation and Refund Policy Refund requests must be sent in writing to . 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 (July 5, 2016 at 11:59pm) to the start of the Annual Meeting. Refunds requested within a week of the start of the Annual Meeting will be granted less a $25 administrative fee. No cancellations will be processed after the final day of the Annual Meeting.

Please continue to check this tab for updates and additional information.

Welcome Social and Luau

This year we are excited to bring our members and their families a traditional Hawaiian Luau onsite! The event will take place Wednesday, July 13 at 6:00pm, outdoors overlooking the exquisite views that surround the Sheraton Kona. Dinner and entertainment will be provided. All attendees and family members are welcome. There will be an additional cost to attend this event.

Annual FWATA Student Scholarship Golf Tournament

We will tee off Thursday, July 14, 2016. Location TBD. Lunch and check-in will begin at 12:00pm. Shotgun start at 1:00pm with dinner, awards and prizes to follow!

Learning Lab

This program will be offered Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 from 6:30-9:30pm. Pre-Registration required. Additional fee required. Space is very limited. Open to certified members only. 3 additional CEUs. 

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 Wednesday as well as Thursday morning for members to experience. Detailed hours will be posted as the event approaches.

Research and Grants Committee Poster Presentations

Presenters will be available to discuss their work (times to be posted when they become available). Posters will be displayed for viewing on Friday and Saturday.

FWATA Awards Dinner

The annual FWATA Awards Dinner will take place Friday, July 15 at 5:00pm. This ticketed event is included in your registration fees.

Job & Message Board

For those interested in posting a job announcement or leaving a message for a District 8 member, please feel free to use these self-help message boards near the registration area.

NATA EBP Workshop

This program is being presented by the NATA Professional Development Committee. It will be offered Thursday, July 14, 2016 from 3:00pm-7:00pm. Pre-registration required. Additional fee required. Space is limited. Open to certified members only. (4 additional EBP CEUs).

Celebrity Quiz Bowl

For more information please contact Dr. Melissa Montgomery

2017 – April 27-30 as the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (formely LVH)

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 MA, ATC

Committee Commissioner

Cal Poly Pomona 909.869.2834

Bill Chambers ATC

Exhibit Coordinator

Palm Springs, CA 760.360.5301

Ginger Lei Ehrke ATC, LAT

Registration Commissioner

Del Sol High School 808.756.2130

Hazel Ando MS, ATC

Public Relations

UC Santa Barbara 805.893.8320

Kris Boyle-Walker MPT, OCS, ATC, CHT

Program Commissioner

Orthopaedic Specialty Institute 714.937.2104

Kristal Slover ATC

Committee Member

Cal Poly Pomona 805.756.6065