Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

April 16-19, 2015 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego

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17 CEUs total (12 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs) will be offered for the 2015 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.

Each registrant will receive one Certificate of Attendance for up to 12 Category A CEUs. Five (5) additional EBP CEUs* are 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.

Pre conference CEUs are also scheduled to be available Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Registration Times:*

Thursday April 16 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Friday April 17 7:00am – 5:30pm

Saturday April 18 7:00am – 12:00pm *subject to change

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.

2015 FWATA Schedule (.pdf download)

Committee Schedules

EBP CEUs by Session

1:00-3:00pm Friday
Feature Presentation
Evidenced Based Practice (2 EBP CEUs)
Doping in Sport and Exercise: Pharmacological & Philosophical Perspectives
Robert Kersey, PhD, ATC; John Gleaves, PhD

8:00-10:00am Saturday
Feature Presentation
Evidenced Based Practice (2 EBP CEUs)
Current Evidence & Concepts on Myofascial Treatment
Scott Cheatham, PT, DPT, PhD(c), OCS, ATC, CSCS

1:30-2:30pm Saturday
Sponsored by the NATA Research and Education Foundation
Evidenced Based Practice (1 EBP CEUs)
Integrating Outcome Measures into Clinical Practice: You NEED to Do This
Thomas Abdenour, DHSc, ATC, PES, CES

Interested exhibitors please contact Bill Chambers at jocdok@gmail.com or 760.360.5301.
FWATA Scholarship Golf Tournament | Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:00pm Check-In and Lunch 1:00pm Shotgun Start Riverwalk Golf Club 1150 Fashion Valley Road San Diego, CA 92108 619.296.4653 Tournament Fee:  $115 Golf Event Includes: Green Fee, Shared Cart and Range Balls Lunch Barbecue Dinner Buffet: Grilled Burgers, Chicken Breast, Salads, Baked Beans, Dessert and Iced Tea Prizes, Awards and Giveaways For more information please contact Dennis Goebel at dennisg@cos.edu.

Click here to register:  Golf Tournament Registration Link 

Town and Country Resort & Convention Center 500 Hotel Circle North San Diego, CA 92108 619.291.7131 $147.00/night rate is good until March 24, 2015,  After this date the FWATA rate will only apply if rooms are available. Hotel Registration Link or call 800.772.8527 and mention Far West Athletic Trainers Association.
The Proposal Submission Deadline for the 2016 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium in Hawaii is December 1, 2015. Due to the established review process and programming deadlines of the Education Programming Committee, late submissions will not be accepted. The proposal submission site will open on October 1, 2015.
Online Registration is open :Registration Link
Pre-Registration rates are available until March 20, 2015 by 9:00pm PDT. Registration payments sent by mail must be postmarked by March 30, 2015. We are unable to accept purchase orders and can only accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards. Pre-Registraion Rates:

  • NATA Certified Members $175.00
  • NATA Certified Student Members $100.00 (must pay certified member rate if requiring CEU’s)
  • NATA Student Members $100.00
  • Student Non-Members $135.00
  • Non-Members $370.00 | Join NATA

On Site Registration Rates & Times: [April 16 – April 18, 2015] Thursday April 16 4:30pm – 7:00pm Friday April 17 7:00am – 5:30pm Saturday April 18 7:00am – 12:00pm

  • 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 kemig@calpoly.edu. 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 (April 8, 2015 at 11:59pm) to the start of the Annual Meeting. Refunds requested within a week of the start 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.
Annual FWATA Student Scholarship Golf Tournament

We will tee off Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the beautiful Riverwalk Golf Club. Lunch and check will begin at 12:00PM. Shotgun start at 1:00PM with dinner, awards and prizes to follow! Register Now.

Learning Lab

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation: Eccentric/Deceleration Techniques  This new addition to the program will be offered Thursday, April 16th 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 Friday and Saturday morning for members to experience.

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.

Exhibitor’s Social

The annual social will take place Friday, April 17th from 6:00-7:00PM following the FWATA Business Meeting and State Business Meetings.

FWATA Quiz Bowl

ATEP students from different universities will compete against one another in a “Jeopardy-style” challenge testing their knowledge in topics related to athletic training. For information please contact: Dr. Jason Bennett of Chapman University at jbennett@chapman.edu or call 714-997-6567.

FWATA Awards Banquet and Keynote Address

Sandra Millers Younger

​This event will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015. The pre-banquet social will begin at 5:30 with dinner served at 6:30. FWATA is excited to welcome Sandra Millers Younger, author and founder of Strategic Story Solutions, as our Keynote Speaker. She will share her story and discuss overcoming adversity and moving forward.

“From Survival to Significance: How to transform your toughest challenges into enduring strengths.”

AHA Professional Rescuer Re-certification

The 3-hour course will be offered on Sunday, April 19th from 8:00-11:00AM. Pre-Registration required. Space is Limited. Open to certified and student members.  *Additional Fee Required.

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.

2016 – July 12-16 at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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 Chair

Cal Poly Pomona 909.869.2834

Bill Chambers ATC

Exhibit Coordinator

Palm Springs, CA 760.360.5301

Ginger Lei Ehrke ATC, LAT

Registration Chair

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 Chair

Orthopaedic Specialty Institute 714.937.2104

Kristal Slover ATC

Registration Chair

Cal Poly Pomona 805.756.6065