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District 8 Remembers Byron Wildermuth, a Pioneer in Sports Rehabilitation

Byron Paul Wildermuth, PT, a pioneer in sports physical therapy and well-known rehabilitation clinician in the San Diego area, passed away at his home in San Diego on September 17, 2018 after a prolonged illness related to congestive heart failure. He was 84. Mr. Wildermuth is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy A. Wildermuth of San Diego, two children from a previous marriage, Chris Wildermuth of Plantation, Fla.…

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California Athletic Trainers go Live on Facebook with the Dude Mom

On October 11, FWATA athletic trainers Katie Susskind Risso MAT, ATC and Lauren Hoyt MAT, ATC joined social media influencer Amanda Rodriquez (better known as the Dude Mom) for a Facebook Live Q&A event about youth concussions. The event, Concussions 101: What Parents Need to Know, was geared toward parents and school administrators and touched on the importance of athletic trainers in every secondary school, common misconceptions about concussions, basic concussion facts,…

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Secondary Schools Athletic Trainers present at CIF-SS Athletic Administrator & AD Summit

On Monday, October 15, 2018 Heather Harvey, MA, ATC and Chase Paulson, MS, ATC presented at the California Interscholastic Federation – Southern Section’s (CIF-SS) Athletic Administrator & AD Summit. Their topic of “Current Trends in Athletic Training” covered recent legislative updates from the passing of CA Assembly Bill 2009 (AEDs, EAPs, and interscholastic sports), as well as Emergency Action Planning when a school does not have a certified athletic trainer.…

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Concussion Summit at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

On July 13-14, the Hawaii Concussion Awareness & Management Program (HCAMP) conducted it’s 9th annual Concussion Summit at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Our featured speakers included Dr. Paul McCrory the primary author of the Berlin Concussion Consensus Statement, Karen McAvoy, PsyD, author of REAP and Get Schooled On Concussions, Emily Kosderka, ABD, ATC from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon and Dr. Neeru Jayanthi from Emory University.  Go to…

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Las Vegas Lights Pink Scarf

On August 4, 2018 Jim Porter, longtime Clark County School District Head Athletic Trainer received the Las Vegas Lights Pink Scarf.  This recognition is presented by the Las Vegas Lights FC to those in the community that represent the same mission as they do: “we are by Las Vegas, for Las Vegas and of Las Vegas”. Porter was recognized in an on-field ceremony before that night’s game. Other honorees include…

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Liana Finer Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the summer quarter winner of the Excellence in Athletic Training Award. Each quarter, the Excellence in Athletic Training Award celebrates District 8 athletic trainers or athletic training student members who display an exceptional commitment to mentoring, professional development or enhancing the quality of health care. The quarter’s winner is Liana Finer, Athletic Trainer at Kailua High School in Kailua, Hawaii.  Liana helped…

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Nikkei Games Basketball Tournament Support Mark Ando & Ito Family Scholarship Fund

Each August the Nikkei Games Basketball Tournament donates to the FWATA Mark Ando & Ito Family Scholarship Fund for providing Athletic Training Services during the 2 day tournament. It is a 3-on-3 tournament with 450 teams for 6 year olds to adults. Local ATs volunteers were able to meet Girl Scout, Jennifer Liu. We were all impressed with Jennifer’s enthusiasm to support CATA and it’s efforts with AB 3110. The…

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Girl Scout Supports California’s AB 3110!

On August 11, 2018 Jennifer tabled at the Nikkei Games Basketball Tournament at the Long Beach State Pyramid to educate those about AB 3110. Jennifer Liu is a high school senior in California and she has taken AB 3110 to heart as her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Jennifer believes that certification and education are a essential components for ATs to have, that it only makes sense to regulate the profession…

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Girls on the Run Event at UNLV

In May, the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association (NEVATA) volunteered at a Girls on the Run Event at UNLV. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization created to “inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.” 3rd-8th grade girls participate in a 10-week program that helps girls to “develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation…

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EDAC Service Events at NATA

The Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee had two very successful service events during the FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium thanks to our wonderful volunteers. In collaboration with Be The Match, EDAC was able to recruit 30 new potential donors in person and another 30 online. Also, EDAC was able to speak to the sports medicine students at a local high school and further their interest in the athletic training profession.…

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