Fall 2017 eNewsletter

This eNewsletter is published twice a year by the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association for its members. Information contained in this newsletter or to submit articles/ideas, please contact the FWATA Newsletter Editor and District 8 Secretary, Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS at secretary@fwatad8.org

Carolyn Peters MA, ATC, CSCS

Dear members, thank you for keeping our colleagues and friends in parts of the country ravished by fire, flood and hurricane in your thoughts and prayers.  Our fellow AT’s will need assistance in a variety of ways so if you have personal connections, please reach out and at least offer your time to listen as this is going to be a lengthy recovery for some.  Unfortunately, it isn’t legal for as an organization to monetarily contribute support but know that the NATA BOD, FWATA BOD, State Representatives and ATs Care Committee have been on the move to provide what we can to those affected.   

Certified Athletic Trainers – have you voted for your next NATA President yet?  Please make an effort, your vote means you care and I know we all care how the direction of our association moves forward.   

We have two volunteer opportunities available in our district to represent FWATA on a NATA committee.  Post Professional Education Committee https://www.nata.org/post-professional-education-committee and Convention Planning Committee https://www.nata.org/convention-program-committee which would require you to attend the NATA Convention each year and potentially a site visit in November.  This committee is looking for someone currently working as an AT clinician.  If you are interested in either of these two opportunities, please send me your resume and why you want to be selected to represent FWATA on the particular committee.  

I want to thank Hazel Ando for her many years of service in various positions but most recently as PR subcommittee chair for the FWATA Annual Meeting.  Don’t worry, Hazel remains involved and continues as Honors and Awards Chair.  Justine Coliflores has taken on the PR duties for the Annual Meeting Committee and we know from her already working with the team it will be a seamless transition.    

I hope you all have a healthy and happy Fall!  

Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS

Aloha!  Our membership numbers continue to grow as FWATA is now at 3,430 members (AS- 1; CA- 2,970; HI- 235, NV- 224).  Keep an eye out for an email from the NATA in early October regarding renewing your membership for 2018.  There are several benefits of renewing early such as you can pay in installments and you will be eligible to win several prizes.  Below is information if you would like to take advantage of paying your 2018 NATA membership in installments.  You must renew early: 

  • Five installments- renew by October 14, 2017 
  • Four installments- renew by November 14, 2017 
  • Three installments- renew by December 14, 2017 
  • Two installments- renew by January 14, 2018 

Also, as mentioned, if you renew early (by December 31st), you will be eligible to win one of several prizes- (1) free NATA registration including airfare (up to $500) and lodging (at hotel of NATA’s choosing up to three nights), (1) free NATA  registration including airfare (up to $500), (5) free NATA  convention registration, or (5) free one-year subscription to Sports Health.   

Don’t forget that 2017 is a reporting year for our continuing education units!  This means that by December 31st, all certified athletic trainers must submit a predetermined amount of CEUs to the NATABOC.  If you were certified in or before 2015, you must complete 50 CEUs, which must include at least 10 Evidence Based Practice (EBP) CEUs.  ATs certified in 2016 must complete 25 CEUs, which must include at least 5 EBP CEUs.  Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your CEU information, get it done now if you already have them completed!  Please do not hesitate to contact me at lynhn@hawaii.edu if you have any questions regarding any of this information or about your current membership and for renewing for 2018. 

Ruem Malasarn MA, ATC

This is a friendly reminder that 2017 is a BOC reporting year.  All certified athletic trainers are responsible for self-reporting all required CEUs to the BOC, by the published deadline on the BOC website.  Please refer all CEU reporting questions directly to the BOC, not  FWATA  as we are two separate entities.

For your convenience, an electronic copy of each participant’s customized 2017 Category A CEU Certificate was emailed to all participants on August 2nd and will be emailed again in the beginning of October.  All 2016 CEU certificate and 2017 Evidence Based Practice and Learning Lab certificates are only available by hard copy.  The FWATA Convention Committee kindly requests that you thoroughly attempt to locate these certificates prior to contacting us for copies for reporting purposes.  In addition, please allow 10-14 business days for our records to be verified of your participation and an additional copy to be received via mail.  The NATA EBP Workshop certificates are only available through the NATA.

FWATA  will be moving towards electronic copies of CEU certificates for future conventions.

Hazel Ando MS, ATC

Calling all athletic trainers! Do you know a colleague worthy of recognition? Please help us acknowledge our professions top contributors by nominating them for a FWATA award. The FWATA Honors & Awards Committee is accepting nominations for Hall of Fame, Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, and Special Recognition starting November 15, 2017 thru January 12, 2018. Please visit the FWATA Honors & Awards webpage at http://www.fwatad8.org/committees/honors-awards-committee/ for details.

Congratulations to the 2017 FWATA Honors and Awards Awardees! 

Ginger Lei Ehrke–Special Recognition, Kavin Tsang–Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Carolyn Peters–Hall of Fame, Ruem Malasarn–Special Recognition

Hazel Ando, Honors and Awards Chair

Katie Risso MAT, ATC, CKTP

Here are a few highlights and promotions that are happening with the Public Relations Committee in District 8…

The FWATA Public Relations Committee is pleased to announce the 2017 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. This quarter’s winner is Christina Scherr, ATC. Scherr is the Head Athletic Trainer at Westview High School in San Diego, California.  Christina has worked at Westview High School as their athletic trainer since 2015.  She spent the previous 10 years at Torrey Pines High School also in the San Diego area. Scherr was also awarded the 2016 Athletic Trainer of the Year by the San Diego High School Athletic Trainers’ Association.

In addition to working with the teams, Christina also is very active within the San Diego community of athletic trainers having been a board member of the local association and in the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA).  Christina is the Region 6 Director for the CATA and has been responsible for coordinating the registration for the Annual CATA Clinical Symposium for a number of years. Scherr was quoted as saying, “Knowing how many talented, hardworking, and committed ATs there are in our District, I am honored to even be nominated, and truly humbled to be selected.”

Please join us in congratulating Christina on winning the Excellence in Athletic Training Award!

Want to spotlight an Excellent Athletic Trainer you work with, mentor or admire? Just visit the FWATA website and submit your nomination.

March 2018 may seem far away but National Athletic Training Month will be here before you know it. FWATA encourages ALL ATs and AT students to get all of District 8: California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and America Samoa participating in the 2018 NATM! Want to be part of the action? If you have any questions and would like help from your local state or district members, please Contact Us at contact@fwatad8.org.

Looking to stay current with everything going on in the District? Or want to tell us what you are doing to promote the profession? Make sure you add contact@fwatad8.org to your contact list to review our monthly e-mail campaigns. If you ever have any questions, suggestions or information to share please Contact Us on the FWATA website. There is so much more happening within the District and Nationally! Stay up to date in District 8.

Juan Cuevas ATC

No Update.


Steve McCauley MHS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

No Update.

Sarah Lyons MS, ATC, PES

The History and Archives Committee is looking for a Hawaii based committee member.  If you live in Hawaii and are interested in getting involved please contact sarahlyons115@gmail.com.

Madison Madewell ATS

No Update.


Michelle Cleary ATC

The FWATA Research and Grants Committee recognized several outstanding research awards and grants in Las Vegas last April. Congratulations to the outstanding poster winners and research grant recipients! To submit your abstract or grant proposal for FWATA  2018, please go to our committee website at:  http://www.fwatad8.org/committees/research-grants-committee/.  Deadlines for submission are February 5, 2018. Keep a lookout for updated CASE study guidelines from the Research and Grants Committee. 

FWATA 2017 Outstanding Poster Award Winners


  •         1st Place: Kipnis CM, Samuel MN, Tandy RD, Wiegand KR, Radzak KN. The acute effects of different foam rolling timing durations on hamstring flexibility.
  •         2nd Place: Kasamatsu TM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Welch Bacon CE. Concussion education associated with Teachers’ increased familiarity with and recommendation of academic adjustments for adolescents post-concussion.
  •         3rd Place: Sumida MM, Parke EA, Stickley CD, Oshiro RS. The effect of microclimates on assessing risk for thermal stress during athletic participation in Hawai’i.


  •         1st Place: Arthur RJ, Brooks GR, Thompkins IT, Johnson TA, Friesen LM, MacDonald N.  The effects of acute exercise-induced dehydration on the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 3rd Edition. $300
  •         2nd Place:  Aguilar J, Minson M, Garduno A, George K, Friesen L, MacDonald N. The improvement of scapular thoracic mobility and breathing techniques through the use of PRI in adults. $200

FWATA 2017 Research Grant Recipients

  •         Melissa Montgomery Ph.D., ATC and Randy Harris, ATC
  •         The effects of pulsed dynamic compression on subjective and objective measures of recovery following intense exercise. $3,000
  •         Tricia Kasamatsu Ph.D., ATC:
  •         Athletic trainer’s paper versus electronic documentation behaviors: implications for elevating patient care and professional recognition. $2,165

(L-R) Dr. Scott Cheatham, Dr. Tricia Kasamatsu, Dr. Melissa Montgomery, and Dr. Kara Radzak

Jamie DeRollo MBA, ATC, EMT

As you may already know, in January, the NATA Board of Directors approved a proposal to restructure and expand the NATA College/University Athletic Trainers’ Committee (CUATC) into the Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM) to address the varying needs of athletic trainers working in this diverse setting.  

ICSM had our first meeting in June on Committee Day in Houston. All positions have been filled and the NATA MB granted to separate NAIA and Community Colleges into their own divisions.  This will allow each to focus on their division and particular needs.  That means we have added two new NAIA members, Lynsey Payne and District 8 very own Darin Voigt.  One new community college member is being added and will be from the NWAC. 

Here is a video shown in Houston about the ICSM 


If you missed it, here is some great resources for the college and university AT: https://www.nata.org/blog/todd-christman/college-pre-season-resources 

There are a lot of exciting projects that we are working on: 

  • The ICSM will continue to award AT in their respective categories.  Please visit https://www.nata.org/membership/honors-and-awards/cuatc-awards to see past recipients and for nomination requirements.  Nominate a worthy AT by January 31st. 
  • The 10 for 10 presentations have been reviewed and are current and up on the ICSM website.   
  • There is an AT Documentation Workgroup, a Transition to Practice Workgroup and an Unchallengeable Authority at DII and DII Workgroup all hard at work to give you better resources. 

Your FWATA ICSM welcomes your feedback for pertinent issues at our level that need to be addressed and that we can present to the National Committee.  If you did not receive the CUAT E-Blast or if you are not receiving regular informational emails, please contact your divisional rep listed on the FWATA web page or feel free to email me, Jamie DeRollo, your CUATC District 8 Chair. 

Maijah Williams LAT, ATC

Hello everyone! My name is Maijah Williams and I am your current Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) Chair for District Eight. I’m so excited for everything we have planned in the near future for EDAC. While we are preparing to present at the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium, we are still currently looking for new EDAC members, as well as a Hawaii representative and Nevada representative. Please email me at  will1410@unlv.nevada.edu if you are interested in getting involved. I look forward to hearing from you all! 

Kara Radzak Ph.D., ATC

The Young Professionals’ Committee will be hosting meet-up events on October 9th. Please come out and network with other YPs in your area!

Join us at the locations below and stay up-to-date with other events on our Facebook page.

  • Hawaii: Shirokiya Japan Village Walk in Ala Moana Center, 7-10 PM
  • OC: ECCO Yard Bar at Anaheim Packing House
  • Sacramento: Iron Hourse Tavern, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
  • Marina Del Rey: Marina Del Rey Yardhouse, 6:30 – 9 PM
  • Las Vegas: Pinches Tacos at the Gramercy, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Chase Paulson MS, ATC

The  NATA Honors and Awards  nomination period opened on August 1st. Nominating an AT is easy and relatively quick. Take a moment, nominate a worthy Athletic Trainer and lets recognize the dedication, passion and service that is the secondary school Athletic Trainer. Nominations close 9/15/2017! 

Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award 

Gatorade recognizes a certified Secondary School Athletic Trainer from each District who has made outstanding contributions in furthering their high school’s athletic training program or the overall profession of secondary school athletic training. 

Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee AT Advocate Award 

The AT Advocate Award recognizes an individual, organization, corporation or company that has been a champion in securing athletic trainers in the secondary school setting and improving public awareness of the profession. 

This award recognizes those who have: 

  • Demonstrated long-term commitment to the secondary school setting; 
  • Provided public awareness, external marketing, promotion and education of the role of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting; 
  • Served in establishing, maintaining and improving the presence of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, which is a national objective of NATA. 
  • Positioned themselves as a leader in promoting the secondary school setting as a career-destination. 

Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee Servant’s Heart Award 

The Servant’s Heart Award recognizes deserving secondary school ATs in each district for their service to the athletic training profession, their schools and their communities. 

This award recognizes ATs who have: 

  • Demonstrated a long-term commitment to the secondary school setting. 
  • Provided public awareness, promotion and education about the AT’s role in their local communities. 
  • Helped establish and maintain the athletic trainers’ presence in the secondary school setting. 
  • Promoted the secondary school setting as a career-destination. 
  • Exhibited a consistent and exemplary level of student athletic health care. 

Jack Cramer Scholarship 

To be eligible for consideration an applicant shall: 

  • Be a senior in a secondary school. 
  • Have established an overall minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a maximum of 4.0) or its equivalent by the time of application. 
  • Applied to a university offering an athletic training education program providing eligibility to sit for NATA BOC examination upon matriculation. 
  • Be sponsored by an Athletic Trainer who is a current member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and is practicing within their state athletic training statutes if applicable. 
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 200 hours of volunteering and observing in a secondary school athletic training room setting under the direct supervision of their sponsoring athletic trainer. 
  • Have established his/her intention to continue academic work to the baccalaureate degree level as a full-time undergraduate athletic training student. 

The NATA SSATC has released new resources to assist the secondary school athletic trainer. New resources include  Best Practice Guidelines for Athletic Training Documentation, a resource now available to all NATA members. Other great resources to assist in furthering your professional practice are: 

Check out the NATA website for more great resources! 

The ATLAS Project, in conjunction with the Korey Stringer Institute at UCONN is 96% mapped! Our district has a few schools left with an unknown status of AT services at this time. Please take a moment to help us identify one of the remaining schools in your state. 

Also, as a reminder, the ATLAS Project  questionnaire  should be updated annually to help gather the most current data. If you have any questions please contact  robert.huggins@uconn.edu. 

Jason Bennett DA, ATC  | CATA President

No Update.


Garvin Tsuji, MS, ATC | HATA President

Aloha from the Islands!!!  The Hawaii Athletic Trainers’ Association (HATA) is currently preparing for the Sunset Analysis of Regulation of Athletic Trainers during the 2018 legislative session.  HATA received the initial draft of the analysis from the State Auditor’s office and our governmental affairs committee is communicating with our lobbyist to confer on a strategy. 

The annual student athletic training aide workshop, held on May 12-13, provided educational opportunities for over 40 high school students.  The students were able to participate in taping activities and took visits to the University of Hawaii athletic training room, biomechanics lab and cadaver lab.  

HATA’s annual Educational Symposium brought over 100 athletic trainers from all islands as well as the continent to the University of Hawaii.  Topics included:  Lower Extremity Overuse Injuries, Current Concepts of Knee injuries, Platelet Rich Plasma, Mass Casualty Incidents and Rehabilitation concepts that provided 7.25 category A ceu’s and 3 Evidence Based Practice ceu’s. 

HATA is currently looking for chairs of COPA and Social committees.  Interested candidates must be a Certified Athletic Trainer in good standing with a NPI number and may contact me at hatad8rep@gmail.com 

Check the HATA website at www.hawaii-ata.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram @hata_d8 and Twitter @hata_d8 for updates 

Garvin Tsuji, MS, ATC
HATA District Representative

Mark D’Anza ATC | NEVATA President

Nevada will be hosting their annual meeting on October 27, 2017 at UNLV. If you are located near Reno, we will also be streaming the meeting to a site to be determined up there.  For updates, please check our website, nevata.org, or contact Mike Sepiol at  msepiol@lifetimefitness.com.

2018 Quiz Bowl

Are you interested in getting involved with developing the FWATA Quiz Bowl? Work has begun for the 2017-2018 competition; If you are a certified athletic trainer and interested in getting involved, please contact the Co-Coordinators, Kavin Tsang (ktsang@fullerton.edu) or Chris Ludwig (cludwig@PACIFIC.EDU)