Spring 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, HAPPY NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH!!  As it comes to a close I can’t help but continue to be encouraged by the involvement of our members and volunteers.  Zeny Galo Eakins is being awarded the NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award!  Her sense of humor and dedication to a balanced life keeps me going.  Fran Babich will be a member of the 2017 NATA Hall of Fame Class!  Another great lady who knows how to balance life.  Her commitment to the profession is being recognized and I look forward to watching her receive her new green jacket on stage in Houston.  William “Bill” Chambers!  What can I say?  My life is better for knowing him and his devotion to students is extraordinary!! He will be receiving the Eve Becker-Doyle Award of Leadership at the NATA Convention in June.  This award goes to a member of at least 40 years (Bill has over 50) who has committed oneself to the advancement of Athletic Training through advocacy and leadership.  He is always available, unless Judge Judy is on, J  to speak with anyone… especially students.  You students need to introduce yourselves to him because not only was he the 3rd NATA President but more importantly, he created our scholarship program and continues to provide means and education for you young AT’s.  Speaking of scholarships, congratulations to our winners and don’t forget to sign up for the golf tournament to help give back to the program that pays it forward.  Thank you Dennis Goebel for your energy and passion for this event!!

As I approach my final year of service being your District Director, I promise to work as hard for you as I did the first month.   I want to continue to thank our chairs and committee members for their hard work.  This association moves forward because of the dedicated volunteers that believe we are a family of people who just happen to also be awesome AT’s!  It’s what brings us together but our aloha keeps us together.

Between NATA.org, Range of Motion, and our FWATA email campaigns, I hope you feel connected and informed.  The link http://www.nata.org/about/board-directors towards the bottom of page has all of our NATA minutes from meetings I encourage you to check out.  I cannot wait for Las Vegas and FWATA 2017!  Our meetings committee has been doing an amazing job with programming and special events and I look forward to seeing each and every one of you there!

Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS

Aloha FWATA Members!  Currently, we have 3,059 District 8 members (AS- 1; CA- 2,652; GU- 1; HI- 212; NV 193).  This is over 250 more members than we had at this point last year!  However, it is slightly less than the members we had last fall because effective February 15th, members who have not fully paid for or renewed their membership were suspended.  This means that all member benefits have ceased, including but not limited to reduced NATA and District conference registrations, membership communications, and subscriptions to the Journal of Athletic Training and NATA News.  Just a reminder, paying your NATA membership dues also includes your district and state dues.  For those that have renewed your membership, thank you for your continued support of the NATA and FWATA!  Don’t forget to take advantage of the many benefits of your membership including the 10 free CEU credits that can be used in the Professional Development Center (formally the NATA quiz center) which includes EBPs or for discounted registration for the upcoming FWATA Annual Meeting.

On another note, I am sure everyone has heard about the importance of having and NPI (National Provider Identifier) number.  However, do you know only about 35% of athletic trainers have one?  If you still do not have your NPI number, it is very easy to register for one.  Simply go to the CMS National Plan and Provider Enumeration System website at https://nppes.cms.hhs.gov/NPPES/Welcome.do.  Once you receive your NPI number, or if you already have one, please update your NATA member profile to indicate you do have an NPI.  I think many athletic trainers have had their NPI for years, but have never updated their profile indicating that they actually do have an NPI.  Unsure if you have reported it?  Check your member on the NATA website by logging into your account then click on “Update your Member Information” under Quick Links at the bottom of the page.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at lynhn@hawaii.edu.  I look forward to seeing everyone soon in Las Vegas and Houston!

Ruem Malasarn MA, ATC

2017 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium
April 27-30, 2017
Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Take advantage of the advance registration fee! Register by March 31, 2017. Late registration fee applies from April 1, 2017.    17 CEUs total (12 Category A CEUs and 5 EBP CEUs) will be offered for the 2017 Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium.  Remember that you must sign up for each EBP session that you plan to attend when you register. Space is limited. Those who are interested in attending the Feature Presentation Lab on Sunday, you must pre-register to attend. There are 2 sessions are available, space is limited to 75 people per session.

Hurry, only a few spots left!

Pre-Conference Learning Lab, Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:30-9:30pm. Instrument Assisted Neuro-Sensory Modulation (IANSM) Presented by Ethan M. Kreiswirth, PhD, ATC

3 additional CEUs. Additional fee of $60 to register.

Additional notice: There are multiple large events occurring at the Westgate during the week of FWATA, book you rooms early before space runs out!

Westgate Hotel link:  https://aws.passkey.com/event/16201211/owner/3453/home

Add to Your Calendars

Exhibit Hall —  Friday, April 28, 2017 all day and Saturday, April 29, 2017 morning only.

FWATA Business Meeting Friday, April 28, 2017 4:00-5:00pm. Following will be the individual state association meetings.

Welcome Reception is set for Friday, April 28, 2017 6:00-7:00pm. This is hosted by FWATA and the exhibitors. Visit with vendors, exhibitors, poster presentations presenters and catch up with colleagues.

The FWATA Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. 5:00pm Social. Those attending the FWATA Annual Meeting the Awards Dinner is a ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant. New this year when you register please select your dinner choice of chicken, salmon or vegetarian.   Additional tickets are available to purchase.  Any questions please contact Hazel Ando @ hazel.ando@athletics.ucsb.edu.

Call for Volunteers  We are looking for volunteers to cover 3-4 hour shifts during the Annual Meeting Thursday, April 27, 2017—Saturday, April 29, 2017. Areas include prepping/stuffing packets, registration booth, check in for labs/EBP, etc. There will be no reduced registration fee for volunteering as with the NATA.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Justine Coliflores @ jcoli@sandiego.edu.

Register at the link below.


Hazel Ando MS, ATC

FWATA Awards Dinner – April 29, 2017 at 6:00pm (Social at 5:00pm) Westgate Las Vegas Resort

It is time to honor the FWATA members who have achieved the pinnacle recognition in athletic training. The FWATA Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor any member of FWATA can achieve.  It is to recognize dedicated members who have spent countless hours as an athletic trainer, mentoring students and athletes as well as volunteering their personal time to advance the Athletic Training profession.

2017 FWATA Hall of Fame

This year, we will be inducting Carolyn Peters, MA, ATC, CSCS to the 2017 FWATA Hall of Fame

Education: San Diego State University- Kinesiology/Athletic Training (MA & BA)

Career: San Diego Christian College-Senior Women’s Administrator (2016-present) & Head Athletic Trainer/Head Strength Coach (2013-present); ATC Spotter, NFL (2012-present);  Grossmont Community College-Lab Instructor (2016-present); San Diego State University-Lecturer/Adjunct Professor (1998-2015), Athletic Trainer (1992-2013) & Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (1989-1992)

 Volunteer Service: NATA District 8 Director (2014-2018); NATA District Secretary & Treasurers Committee Chairperson/Vice Chairperson (2010-2014); NATA District 8 Executive Board-Secretary (2008-2014); NATA Annual Meeting Career Assistance Project Team (2008-2014) & Career Center Team Leader (2007); Board of Certification Examiner, model & host (1994-2007); California Athletic Trainers Association Secretary (2004-2007) & Region 6 Director (2001-2003)

 Honors & Awards: San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation Medical Champion Award (2016); NAIA Baseball World Series (2014); FWATA D8 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2012); SDSU Robert J. Moore Distinguished Athletic Alumna (2009); NATA Athletic Trainer Service Award (2008); FWATA D8 Special Recognition Award-2007; Mountain West Conference Sportsmanship Award—Men’s Golf (2005); San Diego Hall of Champions Breihard Certificate of Athletic Achievement (1995)

 Endorsement: Michael West, MS, ATC, Martin Luther King High School Principal notes “Carolyn sets herself apart from other Athletic Trainers in California through her passion for the profession and commitment to being a strong leader. ….she has left an indelible mark on the Athletic Training profession in the Far West and across the country.”

Carolyn Greer, MA, ATC, University of San Diego Associate Director of Athletics for Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer notes “Carolyn has a dedicated, selfless commitment to FWATA and NATA…..She is a model for the enhancement and promotion of not only FWATA, but also our Athletic Training Students and profession.”

FWATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer

The purpose of this award is to recognize those members who have given outstanding service and dedication to the Athletic Training Profession and FWATA.

Kavin Tsang, PhD, ATC

Education: The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D.-Kinesiology (Emphasis in Athletic Training)

Georgia Southern University, MS-Exercise Science (Emphasis in Sports Medicine), University of Hawaii-Manoa, B.Ed.

Career: California State University, Fullerton-Department of Kinesiology—Chair (2015-present) Associate Professor (2014-present) Assistant Professor (2008-2014); Clinical Coordinator Athletic Training Education Program (2008-2015), Part-time Lecturer (2007-2008); California Lutheran University-Exercise Science Department Assistant Professor & Athletic Training Education Program Interim Director (2007-2008), Clinical Coordinator (2006-2007); GlaxoSmithKline-Pharmaceutical Representative (2005); Michigan State University-Department of Kinesiology—Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Athletic Training Education—Director & Clinical Coordinator and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (2001-2005); The Pennsylvania State University-Department of Kinesiology Instructor/Clinical Supervisor and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (1999-2001); Georgia Southern University-Department of Health & Kinesiology—Instructor/Clinical Supervisor and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics—Athletic Trainer (1996-1998) & Graduate Teaching Assistant (1995-1996); University of Hawaii-Athletic Training Education Program—Clinical Instructor (1994-1995); Waianae High School-Head Athletic Heath Care Specialist (1994-1995); Kaiser Permanente-Department of Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy, Head Athletic Trainer (1994)

Awards: FWATA Special Recognition Award 2015; CSU Fullerton, Faculty Development Center Service Award 2012

Endorsement: Julie Max, California State University, Fullerton Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Medicine, notes: “Throughout Kavin’s years of experience, he continues to set and achieve remarkable goals. He is undoubtedly one of the most conscientious, dedicated professionals I have had the opportunity to meet. His work ethic is unmatched….He is a man of integrity, hard work and commitment.”

Lyn Nakagawa, University of Hawaii, Assistant Athletic Trainer, notes: “He has made an impact to the profession in every aspect including local, district and national levels and continues to represent FWATA in a very positive manner. He continues to be an inspirational colleague who demonstrates that one person can make a difference.”

2016 FWATA Special Recognition Awardees

Ginger Lei Ehrke, LAT, ATC  (Del Sol High School, Head Athletic Trainer and Clark County School District, Medical Professions Teacher)

Ruem Malasarn, MA, ATC (Cal Poly Pomona University, Director of Sports Performance/Head Athletic Trainer)

The FWATA Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort. 5:00pm Social. Those attending the FWATA Annual Meeting the Awards Dinner is a ticketed event with one ticket included for each registrant. Additional tickets are available to purchase. Register at the link below.


On behalf of the Honors and Awards Committee, I would like to thank those that submitted nominations for this year’s awards. Thank you to my committee for dedicating their time to this committee.

Congratulations to our 2017 FWATA award winners! See everyone in Las Vegas !

Hazel Ando, Honors and Awards Chair

Sarah Lyons MS, ATC, PES

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

Our 2017 winter quarter Excellence in Athletic Training award winner is Robbie Bowers, ATC.  Robbie has been the head athletic trainer at Rancho Bernardo High School since 1990 and is a preceptor for the San Diego State Athletic Training Education Program.  Robbie is also involved in the San Diego High School Athletic Trainers Association as well as served many years as the CATA Secondary School Committee Chair.  In January of 2017, Robbie was providing medical care for a boys basketball game when there was a medical emergency in the stands.  Thanks to his experience and practiced emergency action plan, he and his team were able to quickly administer CPR and apply an AED which ultimately saved the man’s life.

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

Meet D8 Spotlight

Our social media team continues our monthly initiative “Meet District 8”.  We would like to highlight members of the district each month to share and recognize all their contributions to District 8.

National Athletic Training MonthYour Protection Is Our Priority

District 8: California, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and America Samoa are all participating in the 2017 NATM!   FWATA encourages ALL ATS’s and ATs to get involved this NATM.  Make sure you tag your entry with the following so we receive your submission:

Twitter or Instagram: #NATM2017 @FWATAD8
Facebook: #NATM2017 @Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association

Entries are now being accepted for this year’s NATA Public Relations Contest that recognizes outstanding PR achievements during National Athletic Training Month. Winners receive bragging rights and an NATA logo merchandise prize package valued at $150.  The NATA annual NATM contests are for all members.

PR Contest

Categories include:

  • Best State Association Effort
  • Best Student Effort
  • Best Athletic Trainer Effort – group (7 or more ATs)
  • Best Athletic Trainer Effort – individual/small team (6 or fewer ATs)
  • Best Overall Campaign

If you are involved in a NATM event please enter the contest.  If you have any questions and would like help from your local state or district members please Contact Us at FWATA.org.  All entries must be submitted online.  To be considered, entries must educate, use proper “athletic trainer” terminology and must not be self-serving. Emphasis will be placed on originality. The deadline is April 14, 2017.

Social Media Contest

NATM 2017 ends this week, but you still have time to enter our Social Media Contest and Poster Contest. If you want to see some examples, you can find all the custom images submitted for the Social Media Contest at the NATA Tumblr page and all of the photos for the Poster Contest at our Pinterest page. It’s easy to participate in either (or both) contests, just post a snapshot on social media to help raise awareness for the athletes and patients you protect.  Find out more at the NATA website.

Looking to stay current with everything going on in the District?  Or want 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 our 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.

Isabel Archuleta MS, ATC

California State University, Fullerton Head Athletic Trainer and Kinesiology professor Julie Max, retired in December after 37 years of service. Her February 11th retirement celebration welcomed current students, alumni, CSUF faculty, staff, administrators, team physicians, as well as former athletes and coaches.

Emily Cherpin ATS

During the month of March, the Far West Student Leadership Committee sold NATM Stickers!  We were able to sell just over 387 stickers to Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students throughout California, Nevada, Hawaii, Virginia, Texas, and Georgia.  The profit was used to help fund our student leadership breakfast at FWATA in April! Thank You to everyone who supported us and we look forward to doing something similar next year during National Athletic Training Month!

The Far West Student Leadership Committee was also able to get a number of Athletic Training Programs to reach out to surrounding high schools to speak about the importance of Athletic Trainers, as well as their respective Athletic Training Program!  We were able to speak to 164+ students!  The high schools visited were: Summit, Walnut, Ontario Christian, Laguna Creek, Foothill, Chaparral, and Moanalua.  A special thank you to those students that were able to visit their local high school!

Michelle Cleary ATC

No Update.


Jamie DeRollo MBA, ATC, EMT

The NATA & NCAA co-sponsored the Inter-Association Summit on the Organization and Administration of Athletic Health Care Services in the College/University Environment, which was held in Dallas, January 24-26. Representatives from all different areas of expertise and backgrounds pertaining to college and university were in attendance.  There were breakout sessions that focused on the collegiate student-athlete and will be follow-up conversations.  The Summit discussion and sessions were well received by Dr. Hainline.  Be on the lookout for the inter-association best practices recommendations in the next six months.

Some exciting news: 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’s unique composition was specifically designed to encourage collaboration between all levels and conferences within collegiate sports. It starts with an executive council of representatives for NCAA Divisions I, II and III, and CCCATA/NJCAA/NAIA. Each of those representatives will chair a committee dedicated to its specific level. The group will serve as a resource for the NCAA and other governing bodies who establish best practices for the health care of collegiate student athletes based on the clinical practice of the athletic trainers who work with student athletes and coaches on a daily basis.

For more information please visit: https://www.nata.org/blog/beth-sitzler/nata-introduces-new-collegiate-council

ICSM begins its work during NATA 2017 in June and is seeking volunteers to fill the remaining positions on the council. Open positions are indicated in green on the chart in the link above.

If you are interested in serving on ICSM, submit your résumé and letter of interest to Patrick Buffum (patrickb@nata.org) by April 15. For more details about ICSM, contact NATA’s Association Executive Director Rachael Oats, CAE, at rachaelo@nata.org.

We are still hard at work for you while in the process of this change.

  • The awards sub-committee is reviewing all of the 30+ nominations and will award recipients in Houston in June.
  • The 10 for 10 presentations have been reviewed and are current and up on the CUAT website.
  • There is an AT Documentation Workgroup who has been hard at work and the goal is to have them present to the board by the NATA conference. This workgroup is identifying what needs to be documented, content included in the documentation as well as identifying the barriers.  We are also looking at how technology will/can influence such as mobile devices and texting, etc.
  • We are working on a BOC Facility Best Practices to help assist Department of Athletics/Administration, so there is a resource on what is considered as appropriate for providing care, education and rehabilitation. This is almost complete and will be on the website as soon as it is finalized.
  • The Junior College/Community College voted on a managing board to address the needs, vision and goals of the JC/CC Subcommittee. They are now looking for NJCAA ATs to complete this short survey in order to collect demographics to have a complete list of ATs in this setting. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/J7F58WN
  • We are in the beginning phase of forming a sub-committee for Intermural/Recreational Club Sports. If anyone in this sub-group is interested in being involved in any manner please contact Jamie DeRollo at derolloj@mjc.edu.

Your FWATA CUATC group 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.

Mimi Nakajima EdD, ATC

The FWATA Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) is hosting our first service project in Las Vegas, NV during the FWATA Annual Meeting.  Please join us on April 27th at 4:30pm at the Shade Tree!

The NATA EDAC is getting ready for the Annual Meeting in June that is taking place in Houston, TX.  We’re excited for the many activities we have planned and encourage anyone interested to join us at any of these activities put on by the committee:

  • The EDAC will be hosting our annual service project on Monday, June 26th. We hope that you would join our friends and colleagues on this event.
  • Educational session will take place Wednesday, June 28th from 7-9am.
  • The EDAC Town Hall meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 28th.
  • Career Day will be hosted by EDAC for our high school and college athletic training students. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to create connections, listen to how wonderful stories of how people succeeded in their paths, and much more!

Be sure to check the Convention Program for additional and updated information on these activities.

We are always looking for recommendations for nominations of Athletic Training awards at the local, district and national levels. These include two EDAC scholarships and the Bill Chisolm Award.

I encourage everyone to apply for any and all of the following programs:

  1. EDAC Diversity Grants- Starting in 2017, the deadline for receipt of a proposal is April 1 of each calendar year.
  2. Mentoring- EDAC has set up a database for students and YP to find mentors in their area. Please use this tool to encourage membership to seek out mentors especially for leadership and committee work. The database can be found on the NATA website.

EDAC is available to all the membership, of every background. In addition, diversity is everyone’s responsibility.  We invite everyone to our events.  Also, we want to know of any events you are hosting on the topic of ethnic diversity or if you have an ethnically diverse speaker.  Please forward the information to myself at mimi.nakajima@csulb.edu.

Please visit the NATA website (www.nata.org/edac) to see all of the things that the committee is doing.  Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

I look forward to seeing everyone in Las Vegas, and Houston!

Kara Radzak Ph.D., ATC

YP Meet-up in Los Angeles. Thank you to everyone who attended the February Young Professionals Meet-ups and the YP Social at CATA to socialize and network. The Young Professionals Committee will be hosting a Meet-up event at the FWATA Annual Meeting. We will be at the International Bar within the Westgate on Thursday, April 27th from 8-10 PM. We hope to see you there!

Chase Paulson MS, ATC

Are Your Athletic Training Locations And Services Mapped Correctly by the NATA Secondary School Committee and the Korey Stringer Institute for the A.T.L.A.S. Project?

Step 1: Check your state map for the ATLAS Project

Step 2: Please help the NATASSC and KSI update your information by completing
this questionnaire (5-10min) and your marker will be updated for your school.
(Please allow 3-5 days upon completion for map to be updated)

If you have any questions please contact robert.huggins@uconn.edu

The NATA SSATC has released resources to assist the secondary school athletic trainer. New resources include Guidelines for Developing a Team Physician Services Agreement in the Secondary School, Emergency Action Plan Guidelines: Mental Health Emergency in Secondary School Athletes, and the Secondary School Sports Medicine Course Outline. Check out the NATA website for more great resources.

AtYourOwnRisk.org has all of tools necessary for the secondary school AT to educate parents, administration, and the public regarding the unique skill set of the athletic trainer.

Jason Bennett DA, ATC  | CATA President

On February 14th, Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Encino) announced legislation that would require licensure for athletic trainers in California – the only state in the nation that does not regulate the profession. Under Assembly Bill 1510, individuals must be certified by the Board of Certification before they can call themselves “athletic trainers,” healthcare professionals charged with the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses sustained by athletes and individuals of all ages.

The legislation has strong support from the NCAA, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and over 25 other organizations. These stakeholders have written Governor Brown, citing the serious risks posed to athletes, athletic trainers and their employers due to the unlicensed status of the profession.  Be sure to check the CATA website for calls to action regarding this bill.

In late February, the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) hosted its 7th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. Each year this event has grown in both offerings and attendance. Over 280 CATA members were in attendance this year, and each had an opportunity to take part in a Clinical Workshop on Advance Manual Therapy Techniques, and professional presentations from both young professionals like Chase Paulson, Heather Harvey, and Gina Biviano, as well as, NATA Hall of Famers like Andy Paulin and Tom Abdenour.  9 CEUs were offered with an additional available 2 EBP CEUs.

The CATA PAC hosted a social and sports memorabilia raffle after Gary Vitti, retired head athletic trainer from the LA Lakers, was welcomed and honored as the CATA keynote speaker. Vitti gave a presentation of his “32 years of titles and tears from the best seat in the house.”  78 athletic trainers and athletic training students attended the event raising over $1500 for the CATA PAC fund.

The CATA hosted its 9th annual Hit the Hill event on Monday February 27th.  Over 160 athletic trainers and athletic training students descended on the State Capitol with the goal of gaining support for AB 1510. There were over 90 scheduled meetings with state legislators and their staff which we are proud to say led to several co-authors of the bill. The CATA sincerely thanks everyone who participated in Hit the Hill and to the large CATA Legislative Action Team who continue to lobby tirelessly for AB 1510!

Garvin Tsuji, MS, ATC | HATA President

Aloha from the Islands!  I am excited to begin my term as the Hawaii State Representative to the Managing Board.  I want to take this time to thank Louise Inafuku for her service to FWATA as well as her continued service to HATA.  A quick note about me is that I have been working as an athletic trainer at Iolani School since 2014 and prior to that had served Radford High School in the same capacity for 17 years.

The HATA Executive Board has added a Honors and Awards Committee, led by Scott Oshiro, to recognize members for Excellence in Leadership and also a Most Distinguished AT in Hawaii.  Speaking of awards, congratulations to Zeny Galo Eakins from Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii on being recognized with the NATA Service Award, which she will receive in Houston.

March has been a busy month of planning on behalf of our Public Relations Committee, led by Marissa Sumida.  It started with volunteers waking up early and either volunteering at an aid station or participating in the Hawaii Pacific Health Women’s 10k. HATA sponsored an event at Kapiolani Park the following week to educate and promote athletic training to park users.  The Hawaii Concussion Management Awareness Program (HCAMP) ran activities and provided educational materials to the UH Manoa community about concussions and return to play protocols.  The HATA Social Committee participated in a National Wildlife Refuge clean up that culminated in a potluck on the beach.  Lastly, HATA is hosting a tailgate prior to the UH baseball game in the KRS AT lab to celebrate the last event of National Athletic Training Month.

Make plans to attend the HATA symposium, chaired by Renae Shigemura, at the UH-Manoa Athletic Complex on June 9th-10th with approximately 8 Category A CEU’s and currently awaiting approval on 3 Evidence Based Practice CEU’s.

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

The Rebel Athletic Trainers’ Society celebrated National Athletic Training month by hosting the UNLV Athletic Training Night which was open to the public to highlight their athletic training education program and our profession.  Over 50 prospective high school and current undergraduate students interested in athletic training attended and took part in hands on activities demonstrating what exactly it means to dive into the profession of athletic training.

The Rebel Athletic Trainers’ Society also participated as judges for the 5th Annual Southern Nevada Regional Sports Medicine Competition.

Certified members of the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association have celebrated National Athletic Training Month through a variety of volunteer opportunities.  At the Nevada State Basketball playoffs for the 1-A and 2-A schools in Nevada, the members set up a booth and spoke with parents about the benefit of having a licensed healthcare professional available for their athletes.  In addition, Nevada-ATA Members will be volunteering at the Fallen Heroes 5k to help spread the word about athletic training.

The Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting will take place on October 27, 2017 at UNLV.  Check out our website at nevata.org for more information.