2020 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium

The 2020 FWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium will be held July 14-18 2020 at the:

Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai St,
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

22 CEUs with 7 EBPs are included with registration. Attendees will also have the option to register for up to two additional Learning Labs (3 EBP CEUs each). Space is limited. Additional fee required.*

*ALL EBPs have been approved by the BOC


* 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.

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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, are intended for Certified Athletic Trainers, according to the education levels described by the PDC, and are either 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.

Interested exhibitors please contact Bill Chambers at jocdok@gmail.com or 760.360.5301.

The FWATA (District 8) Research and Grants Committee invites abstract submissions for the Free Communications program. We are sponsoring Poster Presentation awards (with cash prizes for students!) and our Clinical Outcome Based Research Award (cash prize of $500).

Please contact the FWATA R&G Committee Chair with any questions:

Melissa Montgomery PhD, ATC
Chair, FWATA Research and Grants Committee
California State University, Fullerton

Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai Street
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Register here

Room Rates start at $189.00* a night

***Please note: When booking your reservation it will default and calculate the regular resort fee of $30.00 plus tax. Please go ahead and book your reservation. The group resort fee will not be applied to your reservation once submitted.***

The resort charge includes: Hi-speed internet access in guest room, self-parking for one vehicle, use of the Keauhou to Kona Trolley, guided tours, daily events and more.

Rooms will be available for reservation 1 year prior to your check in date.

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2020 FWATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, July 14-18, 2020 in Kona, Hawaii!

The proposal submission site is now closed.

FWATA Speaker Compensation Policy

Thank you to all the 2019 AMCS speakers who shared online information and handouts for our attendees! The information was accessible for 60 days.

2020 Presentation Handouts will be available prior to the 2020 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.


Convention Registration Fees*
(Your current NATA membership status must match the category for which you are registering) March 1 – July 17
Certified – NATA Member $ 195.00
Certified – Non-Member Join NATA $ 430.00
Student Certified – NATA Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs) $ 135.00
Student Certified – Non-Member (Not requesting CEUs, including EBP CEUs) $ 235.00
Student – NATA Member $ 135.00
Student – Non-Member Join NATA $ 235.00

If you are paying for your registration by check:

  1. First, complete and submit the registration form online
  2. Make your check payable to: “FWATA”
  3. Include copy of online registration confirmation with check
  4. All check payments must be paid in full. Mail check payment and copy of online registration confirmation to:

FWATA Registration
ATTN:  Ginger Lei Ehrke
11022 Saint Rafael Street
Las Vegas, NV 89141

If your employer is making payment by check and/or needs a W-9, you MUST contact Ginger Ehrke at salergc@nv.ccsd.net before May 1, 2020 to allow for processing time.

Check Payment Deadlines:

  • EARLY Registration check payments must be postmarked by Thursday, April 30, 2030.
  • ADVANCE Registration check payments must be postmarked by Friday, June 5, 2020.     ** Please note that this date is earlier than the final Advanced Registration deadline in order to ensure payment in received. Contact Ginger Ehrke if you have any questions regarding payment by check.
  • LATE Registration check payments MUST be made upon check-in at the onsite registration area at convention. Do not send payment by check after June 5, 2020. Contact Ginger Ehrke if you have any questions regarding payment by check.

General Cancellation and Refund Policy:
Registration and refund requests must be submitted in writing to salergc@nv.ccsd.net, no later than two weeks prior to the first day convention. All registration cancellations will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee. Request made prior to refund deadline will processed 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. No cancellations will be accepted or processed after the final day of the Annual Meeting.

Important Note: Registrants are responsible for being aware of the various cancellation policies/deadlines and applicable refunds for each selection made. The policies/deadlines can be found under the “Fees” tab of the registration website.

*Rates subject to change


Onsite Registration Hours of Operation*

  • Tuesday, July 14 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Wednesday, July 15 7:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday, July 16 7:00am-1:00pm
  • Friday, July 17 7:00am-11:00am

Group Registration Form (.xlsx)

Fees and Cancellation Policies link

Acknowledgement Statement

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

*Subject to change

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 on the evening of Wednesday, July 15. It will be a memorable outdoor experience overlooking the exquisite views that surround the Sheraton Kona. We invite everyone to take advantage of the luau experience without having to travel off property! All attendees and family members are welcome. Enjoy an amazing Hawaiian tradition with FWATA! (Tickets must be purchased during registration for this event.)

Annual FWATA Student Scholarship Golf Tournament
We will tee off Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Kona Country Club – Ocean. Lunch and check-in will begin at 12:00pm. Shotgun start at 1:00pm with awards and prizes to follow! http://www.fwatad8.org/committees/annual-meeting/golf-tournament/

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. 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.

FWATA Awards Dinner
The annual FWATA Awards Dinner will take place Friday, July 17 at 6:30pm with a pre-event social beginning at 5:30. This ticketed event is included in your registration fees. Tickets for additional guests can be purchased during the registration process.

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.

More information will be posted when registration begins

2021 – April 15-18 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino
2022 – April 28 – May 1 at the Town and Country Resort – San Diego

FWATA is a “BOC Approved Provider.”

Please note that the provider numbers vary by category and/or individual sessions (i.e. EBP sessions have different provider numbers that are unique to each session) when reporting the CEUs you earned from FWATA Annual Meetings and Clinical Symposiums. The provider numbers is located towards the bottom of the CEU certificate of attendance.

For Category A CEUs, enter “Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium” for Activity Ttile. For EBP CEUs, enter the title to the course you attended. Course titles are ocated toward the top of the EBP CEU Certificate of attendance. Listed below is the maxium number of CEUs that were available for each category, for each meeting. Registered attendees are responsible for tracking the actual number of CEU hours that they earned by attending various sessions.

Previous Meetings:

April 25-28, 2019
2019 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Town and Country Resort
San Diego, CA
12 Category A CEUs; 6 EBP CEUs

April 26-29, 2018
2018 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Westgate Resort and Casino Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
17 Category A CEUs; 6 EBP CEUs

April 27-30, 2017
2017 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Westgate Resort and Casino Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada
12 Category A CEUs; 5 EBP CEUs

July 12-16, 2016
2016 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou
Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
15 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs
**Important Note: If you attended the last EBP session (Speaker: Lori A. Michener, PhD, Pt, ATC, SCS, FAPTA), it is only approved for a maximum of 1.0 EBP CEU, not two. Please make sure to enter the correct number of CEUs to avoid an audit**

April 17-19, 2015
2015 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Town and Country Resort and Spa
San Diego, California
12 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs

April 11-13, 2014
2014 Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium
Las Vegas Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada
16 Category A CEUs

Reporting CE to the BOC:

The current BOC CE reporting period is from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. The deadline to submit CEs to the BOC is Decenber 31, 2018 (11:59pm CT). Please use the following link to the BOC Website for more information about maintaining and reporting CEUs: New Link


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

Committee Commissioner

Cal Poly Pomona

Justine Coliflores

Public Relations

University of San Diego

Leroy Heu ATC

Committee Member

UC Santa Barbara

Kris Boyle-Walker

Program Commissioner

Orthopaedic Specialty Institute

Bill Chambers

Exhibit Coordinator

Palm Springs, CA

Ginger Lei Ehrke

Registration Commissioner

Desert Oasis High School

Kristal Slover

Committee Member

Cal Poly SLO

Kavin Tsang

Programming Subcommittee

Far West Athletic Trainers Association