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NWATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium

Another very successful NWATA meeting!

The Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association hosted its yearly meeting and clinical symposium in Boise on March 31-April 3, 2016. NWATA is made up of other academic programs in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Once again, our program was represented well. Not only did we have 18 students present, but we had success, too! Among the highlights:

  • We won the quiz bowl for the third straight year. That means those students will now compete at the National Meeting this June in Baltimore. Our team is made up of Alee Bryan, Elias Whitefoot, and Ricky Ayala, with Jessie Dizenfeld as our alternate.
  • One of our third-year students, Emily Estabrook, won the student oral presentation category, with her presentation on upper respiratory infections in endurance athletes. As a winner, she receives a $750 travel grant to attend the national meeting in Baltimore.
  • One of our students, Nick Cromidas, was selected as district chair for the National Student Leadership Committee. He will officially begin in June and serve for the next two years. He is replacing WSU student Alee Bryan who has served for the last two years.
  • WSU students Meggie Stafne and Julianne Tanis were elected by their peers as president and secretary, respectively. That means they will represent the students in the student senate and leader student programming at district meetings.
  • Alee Bryan won the Bob Peterson Post-Professional Scholarship from NWATA.  And Nick Cromidas (see above) was selected as the Bobby Gunn Scholarship winner for this year.
What’s covered at the meetings?

•Spinal Injury Protocol
•Protein and Athletes – Current issues
•Strategic issues in AT- the Medical model
•Balance control with concussion management
•Sexual Harassment in AT
•Updates in ACL research
•Manual Therapy case study
•Shoulder injuries in overhead athletes
•The business model of AT
•Neuromuscular stabilization strategies