As Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) continues to grow within our profession, the leadership of the Far West Athletic Training Association is committed to supporting exceptional research proposals that expand the body of knowledge and clinical practices in athletic training.
The mission of the FWATA Research & Grants Committee is to advance the discovery, dissemination, and application of scientific knowledge in athletic training domains through written and oral forums. To assure the exchange of valuable information, the FWATA Research & Grants Committee utilizes follows standardized guidelines similar to those utilized by the NATA Foundation.
The Research Grants Program utilizes a competitive mechanism to review and award up to $3,000 each year although award amounts vary annually and additional funding may be available. Applicants must be a National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) member or be sponsored by a NATA member from District 8 and be a Board of Certification (BOC) Certified Athletic Trainer. Proposals are due February 5 of each year (April 5 for years the conference is in Hawaii).
The FWATA Research & Grants Committee also conducts an awards competition for the Free Communications Program. During the FWATA Annual Meeting, presentations from both the Peer-Reviewed and Student Exchange Tracks will be judged and selected winners will receive awards ranging from $100 to $300. Abstracts are due February 5 of each year (April 5 for years the conference is in Hawaii).
Application and information materials are available through the links below. If you have any questions related to the programs or applications process, please feel free to contact any member of the FWATA Research & Grants Committee for clarification. We look forward to your participation!
2015 FWATA Research & Grants Committee Awards
FWATA Research Grants & Free Communications: Record-breaking year of 20 peer-reviewed and 22 student exchange submissions.
Research Grant: $3000 research grant awarded Sara Nottingham, EdD, ATC from Chapman University “Examining the Role of Mentorship in Promising Faculty Member Development”
Free Communications Research Presentation Awards
1st Place: Sara Nottingham, EdD, ATC (Reasons for and Mechanics of Documenting Patient Care Among Athletic Trainers: A Report from the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network)
2nd Place: Monica Caro (Bilateral Comparison of Lower Extremity Joint Energetics during Drop-Jumping)
3rd Place Runners Up (tie): Tricia Kasamatsu, PhD, ATC (Predicting the Likelihood of an Existing Concussion Management Policy in Secondary Schools: An Athletic Trainers’ Perspective), Tim Cuddeback, ATC, CSCS (The Effects of Fatigue on Isometric Hip Abductor Torque)
Student Exchange Presentation Awards
Original Research: Nicole Brashears (Chapman University), Justine Li (Chapman University), Haley Seymour (Chapman University)
Case Report/Series: Kylie Trammell (California Baptist University), Christina Brekelmans (California Baptist University), Michelle Ruan (California Baptist University
NATA Research & Education Foundation Scholarships
Abby Knight (University of La Verne) Gail Weldon Memorial
Brenda Valdez Nava (CSU Fullerton) William “Bill” Chambers
Nysa Allen (University of La Verne) Jack Rockwell Memorial
Jesse Williams (CSU Fullerton) Larry “Stosh” Neumann Memorial
Yusuke Ohashi (CSU LB) Ronnie Barnes
Hope Allen (University of La Verne) Bill Buhler Memorial
Tyler Voas (San Diego State Univ) NATA Foundation
NATA Foundation at Large Director-Elect
San Diego State University
CSU Dominguez Hills
University of Hawaii, Manoa