District 8 News from California, Hawaii and Nevada

District 8 ATs at Rio

Bill Ito, AT at Mt. San Antonio College is heading down to Rio for the Olympics as a member of the medical staff with USA Track and Field Going with USATF for the Rio Olympic Games has been a 10 year journey for me. I have been with many National Teams for World Outdoor Track and Field Championships. I will join 5-6 Certified Athletic Trainers, 2 Chiropractors, 2 massage therapists,…

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NATA Launches New Website for the Public

As NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, addressed the crowd during the NATA General Session and Annual Members’ Meeting, Friday in Baltimore Convention Center, Swing Hall, he announced that the association will launch a new public website,, to better communicate the role of athletic trainers in work, life and sport. was created in an effort to advocate for athletic trainers by influencing public opinion and policy – one…

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ATs Hit the Hill to Support Athletic Training Legislation

In conjunction with the 67th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo, NATA held its annual Capitol Hill Day Wednesday, June 22, the association’s biggest advocacy event of the year. This year, more than 400 athletic trainers representing 48 states made the trek from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., to speak with legislators on two important pieces of legislation – the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights and H.R. 921, which allows…

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District 8 presents at NATYCCA Conference

On June 14 Randy Cohen, Associate AD for Medical Services at University of Arizona and Jamie DeRollo, Head Athletic Trainer at Modesto Junior College, presented to a full room of community college Athletic Directors from across the country at the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) conference held in Dallas, TX.   The topics included the medical model for athletic training and how if that model is not…

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Lisa Varnum Receives FWATA PR Excellence in Athletic Training Award

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the spring 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. This quarter’s winner is Lisa Varnum MA, ATC.  Lisa is an Assistant Athletic Trainer at UC Davis.  Lisa has…

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Meet District 8 – Todd Hamburg

The FWATA Public Relations Committee Social Media team is highlighting members of District 8 each month.  This month we are highlight District 8 Secretary Todd Hamburg.

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Highlights from the CATA

Robbie Bowers, head athletic trainer at Rancho Bernardo High School, and Niki Dehner, head athletic trainer at Francis W. Parker School, have been co-named “Athletic Trainer of the Year” by the San Diego High Schools Athletic Trainers’ Association. The peer nominated award is given to athletic trainers who have demonstrated a commitment to protecting student athletes and the community, and upholding the standards of the profession. Bowers currently serves as…

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San Luis Sports Therapy/Movement for Life Athletic Trainers Celebrate NATM

San Luis Sports Therapy/Movement for Life athletic trainers collected used athletic shoes at the high schools the serve during National Athletic Training Month. The shoes were then donated to One World Running, an international program promoting an awareness of health, fitness and nutrition by providing running shoes to those in need in the United States and around the world. Thank you to athletic trainers Amy Silveira (Nipomo HS), Matt Quijano…

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Brad McReynolds Receives Athletic Trainer Of The Year

Community College Athletic Trainers Association – Brad McReynolds at Saddleback College won 2016 NATA College/University Athletic Trainers AT of Year award for Community Colleges.  This will be awarded in Baltimore at NATA.  California Community College AT’s will meet for lunch at FWATA in Kona on Wednesday July 13th for general meeting and Hall of Fame awards.     Courtesy of Alison Aubert with California Community College Athletic Trainers

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Hawaii High Schools receive NATA Safe Sports School Award

We are happy to announce that Kailua High School, King Kekaulike High School, and Sacred Hearts Academy have received the NATA Safe Sports School 1st Team Award. Kailua High School was the first school on Oahu this calendar year to receive the award and King Kekaulike is the first school in Maui to receive this award. Overall, the state of Hawaii has had five schools total be awarded the NATA…

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