Spring 2020 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, Cindy Clivio MEd, ATC at fwatasec@gmail.com

Lyn Nakagawa MS, ATC, CSCS

Aloha my FWATA family! This is truly unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been a whirlwind of a week, both professionally and personally. However, it has given me some time to reflect and it has reaffirmed my beliefs that Athletic Trainers can make an impact in any work setting and that my AT family is strong and super important to me! I have always loved the profession of Athletic Training because I genuinely believe that we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of our patients every day. This is very evident in the situation we are in with the pandemic. Athletic trainers are everywhere- we are on the frontlines of the pandemic, we continue to treat our patients while practicing social distancing in clinics and athletic training facilities, or we are providing wellness checks or home exercise programs via telehealth.

In a short time, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected my ability to interact with my fellow ATs at work, in our district, and around the country. I now have to do staff meetings via Zoom, conference calls are occurring more frequently with my fellow ATs, and many face to face meetings are being cancelled. While frustrating and disappointing that I may not be able to see people as frequently as I would like, I believe we will get through this together because our AT family is strong. If you have not seen the statement put out by the Managing Board, please know that we continue monitor the situation and a decision regarding FWATA AMCS in July in Kona will be made by May 31st. We are hopeful the event can continue as planned, and will do our best to provide updates throughout the next few months. The same is the case with the NATA and Capitol Hill Day in May and our 71st Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in June. The NATA continues to monitor the situation and updates with be sent out to the membership.

Thank you all for all that you do on a daily basis to enhance the lives of those we treat and work alongside, which ultimately promotes the profession of Athletic Training. Please remember to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Fingers crossed that things slow down and our lives can return to a somewhat normal situation. I hope to have the opportunity to see you all in Atlanta or Kona!

Cindy Clivio MEd, ATC

Aloha FWATA Members,

I wanted to highlight 2 things for this newsletter.

    1. Elections – We will be holding elections for 2 of our Managing Board positions this year

      – Todd Hamburg’s third and final term is coming to a close.
      District Director –  Lyn Nakagawa’s first term is coming to a close and she is eligible to run for a second two-year term.Both terms will transition in June of 2021 at the NATA Annual Meeting.  Per our FWATA Constitution and By-laws interested applicants should send a letter of intent with vitae due 3 weeks before our FWATA Annual meeting the year prior to the term’s expiration. Platforms will be presented at the FWATA Annual Meeting in July 2020 and elections held after the meeting. Anyone interested should send a letter of intent and vitae to me by June 23, 2020 at fwatasec@gmail.com

    2. NATA Resources Working remotely? May be a great time for continuing education. As a member you have access to 10 free CEU bucks to use in the professional development center.  NATA is also constantly updating resources for AT’s in relation to Covid-19. There is information on the website for education of ourselves, patients, and employers. 

Ruem Malasarn MA, ATC

Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium
FWATA July 14-18, 2020
Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa at Keauhou Bay
78-128 Ehukai St
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740

Visit FWATA AMCS online for the direct link to book your rooms for FWATA20 Annual Meeting Hotel. If calling in to the resort, mention FWATA Annual Meeting 2020 for the group rate.

We are definitely in unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic.  The FWATA Managing Board is working very closely with the FWATA AMCS Committee and we continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation associated with the pandemic.  We will follow the guidance set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health (DOH), and other government organizations.  At this point, we are hopeful that we can proceed with our Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium as scheduled in Kona, Hawai‘i on July 14-18, 2020.

In order for you to be better able to make plans, we wanted to inform you of a few decisions made at this point and our plan moving forward:

  • The FWATA MB and AMCS Committee will make a final decision of the symposium status by May 31, 2020.
  • Registration will remain open throughout, but we highly encourage people to hold off on registration until June 1st. We are moving to a single rate registration fee to allow people to register at a later date with no penalty.
  • If you made your room reservation through the FWATA room block, we are working with the hotel regarding our cancellation policy. Updated information will be provided once it is available.

We appreciate your patience and understanding through this challenging time.  The situation is unpredictable and continues to change rapidly, but the Managing Board is committed to keep you informed of our meeting status.  Be safe and please remember to take care of yourselves and families!

Junior Domingo MS, ATC

Congratulations to our 2020 FWATA Award Winners! These individuals exemplify the service to our district and advancement of the profession that all can follow. It is with great pleasure to announce our awardees:

Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Awardee

Hazel Ando, MS, ATC

“Hazel has devoted her life to serving others whether as an athletic trainer, a medical professional, an athletics administrator, a mentor, or a volunteer. Her life’s work has impacted thousands of people – student-athletes and colleagues alike.”
-Diane O’Brien
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Special Recognition Awardees

Mark D’Anza, MEd, LAT, ATC

“When I think of Mark and his dedication to athletic training, I often utilize the descriptive words passionate, hardworking, and a visionary … On top of his accomplishments, Mark still finds the time to be a leader of his peers.”
-Michael Sepiol, LAT, ATC
NvATA President


Leroy Heu, MA, ATC
“Only those who know how much must be done at our Annual Meeting are aware of how many things he handles without having to be directed. He has been a problem solver, an incredibly hard-working volunteer, and a great central pillar in our AMCS operation.”
-Ruem Malasarn
FWATA AMCS Committee Commissioner


Congratulations to Hazel Ando, Mark D’Anza, and Leroy Heu! They along with our Scholarship and Research & Grants winners will be honored at the 2020 Awards Banquet held on Friday, July 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, which will include a pre-banquet social at 5:30 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate our awardees.

On behalf of the Honors and Awards Committee, I would like to thank those that submitted nominations for this year’s awards. Also, thank you to the committee for dedicating their time.
Congratulations to our 2020 FWATA Award Winners! See everyone in Kona.

Junior Domingo
Honors and Awards Chair

Katie Risso MAT, ATC, CKTP

Karin Carido MS, ATC Wins Excellence in Athletic Training Award
Our 2020 Winter Quarter Excellence in Athletic Training award winner is Karin Carido MS, ATC. Carido is in her second academic year serving as an athletic trainer at the Hawaii Baptist Academy (HBA) located in Honolulu, HI. “What an honor to be recognized with excellence, and even more, being notified during National Athletic Training Month! I am so humbled to be able to work in such a supportive environment and grateful for the colleagues around me,” said Carido. Please join us in congratulating Carido 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 and read more about this quarter’s winner.

NATA External Marketing and Public Relations Grant
The NATA offers a grant to financially support athletic trainers’ advocacy efforts to reach key external stakeholders. The submission window is open now until June 2020. The grant is available to individual ATs, state, or district associations. The application and more information can be found here (you must be signed into your NATA account in order to access the application).

General PR Update
Thank you for everyone’s participation this March with National Athletic Training Month. The D8 PR Committee enjoyed seeing everyone’s efforts! While it may have looked a little different this year due to the current circumstances, ATs were still celebrated all month long. There will be more information to come regarding the NATM Contest from NATA. Make sure you add contact@fwatad8.org to your contact list to review our monthly e-mail campaigns. You can also follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates. If you ever have any questions, suggestions, or information to share please contact us on our website.

Juan Cuevas ATC

Greetings fellow FWATA members, and hope this letter finds you all healthy and safe. Due to school closures and many students being unable to complete clinical rotations, your scholarship committee has decided to extend the application deadline to April 17th. There are 11 FWATA scholarships available for students currently in an accredited ATP, so please apply.

You’ll find the application on the FWATA website.

Sara Williamson ATC

No new updates

Michael Barreiro ATC

No new updates

Claire Stovall and Caleb Rogers

We will have our spring webinar this Friday, March 27th, where we are covering “Mental Health and the Athletic Trainers role within recognition and recovery”.  Dr. Carr, a Sports and Performance Psychologist, will be speaking on the topic.  The Chuck Kimmel Award is still available for all first time NATA Symposium attendees as a scholarship to honor the passion of young students.  Our committee is wrapping up the NPI contest and NATM Video Contest.  Please welcome Emily Ghan, from the University of Pacific, as the incoming 2020-2021 NATA District 8 Student Leadership Representative.

Melissa Montgomery PhD, ATC

The R&G committee is warming up and stretching out to prepare for research grant and Free Communications abstract reviews. Abstract decisions will go out at the beginning of May so authors can get to work on their posters for Kona. For more information click here.

District 8 Representative needed for NATA Professional Development Committee – We need a new representative from our district for the NATA Professional Development as I will be rolling off the committee in June. If you’re interested in finding out more about the responsibilities of this position, please feel free to contact me (memontgomery@fullerton.edu).

NATA Professional Development Committee – The PDC works hard year-round to develop live workshops and programming at district meetings and the NATA convention. New continuing education programming is constantly being added to the NATA Professional Development Center. Now’s a very good time to take advantage of distance learning opportunities with the 10 free CEU credits you get with your NATA membership ($150 value!).

Brian Cable ATC

We have seen changes to the Collegiate Athletic setting that none of us could have imagined. As cancellations occurred, many of our administrators  came to us seeking answers to questions that we thought would never be asked of us. To help us out, the ICSM came together to help us navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19. That information can be found on the NATA website. We also need to be aware of what each of our organizations have decided concerning the health, safety, and eligibility of our student athletes at this time. Here is a list of references that each of us can use to help not only us but also our athletes during this time.

Chris Litt, ATC

No new updates.

Kara Radzak Ph.D., ATC

We look to sharing valuable information on how to develop mental health  policies and procedures in our 2020 FWATA AMCS session – Kids in Crisis: The Secondary School Athletic Trainer’s Role in Mental Health . We will also be having a networking event at the meeting. Follow us on Twitter @FwataY for more information.

Chase Paulson MS, ATC

New Committee Chair

Please join me in welcoming Mark D’Anza, MEd, LAT, ATC as the newly selected Chair of the Secondary Schools Committee. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as the former NevATA State President. I am excited to see where Mark takes the SSATC in the next four year. Welcome, Mark!

 AMCS & PASS tool use and availability

The Program Assessment for Safety in Sport (PASS) is an online tool designed to help ATs and others on the athletic health care to implement, document and advocate for the standards and substandards deemed necessary in the provision of appropriate medical care for secondary school aged athletes. More information can be found here.

FWATA Annual Meeting

Please join us in Kona this summer at the FWATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium! Special presentations related to the secondary school include:

    • Wednesday 7/15 10:30am: Kids in Crisis: The Secondary School Athletic Trainer’s Role in Mental Health, Stacey Ritter, MS, ATC, ITAT

Sean Rogers, DAT, ATC

The FWATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee would like to wish all the members of FWATA a happy National Athletic Trainers’ Month!

If you’re planning on attending the NATA’s Clinical Symposia and Expo in Atlanta this year, we would like to invite you to join us for the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee’s annual Town Hall Meeting. This Town Hall Meeting, which will occur on Friday June 19th from 6:00pm – 8:30pm in the Westin Peachtree Plaza, will provide Athletic Trainers with an opportunity to learn more about the committee and some of the initiatives that we’re working on. In addition, we will also be holding a question and answer session for Athletic Trainers along with a poster presentation social.

As a national committee we’re also proud to announce that the first ever recipient of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee’s Award for Inclusive Excellence will be Past President Marjorie Albohm! This award will be presented during the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee’s Town Hall Meeting, and we’re looking forward to honoring her and the amazing contributions she has made to our profession.

If you know someone who would be deserving of this award in the future, we encourage you to nominate an Athletic Trainer for the 2020-2021 cycle when it re-opens in the fall. More information on how to nominate an Athletic Trainer for this award will be provided in future newsletters.

Lastly, be sure to keep a lookout for the LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee’s updates in FWATA’s email campaigns! In each email campaign we will share new and useful resources that the committee has developed.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re looking for resources, advice, or simply a way to get involved. We’re here to support you in whatever way we can.

Best Regards from Sean and Mimi

Jason McCamey, ATC

No new updates.


Jason Bennett DA, ATC | CATA President

California Athletic Trainers’ Association held its Annual Symposium and Hit-the-Hill Legislative Day in Sacramento on Feb 22-24. For the first time the event sold out, offering 10 Category A and 5 EBP CEU’s, with the opportunity for 6 EBPs through additional workshop. The Hit the Hill event had a record of 111 legislative meetings, as well as a record number in attendance with 83 ATC’s, 3 physicians, 1 high school principal, 1 NATA representative, the CIF Executive Director, Ron Nocetti, 3 Public Relations Professionals, 2 Lobbyists, 103 Athletic Training Students, and 5 High School Students in attendance in support of AB 1665– the Athletic Trainer Licensure Bill, (Author, Assemblymember Bonta).

In Sacramento, the CATA Managing Board voted to increase the Recommended Minimum Per Diem Pay Rate to $43/hour for California. Due to the specialized set of health care skills of the Certified Athletic Trainer and the increased liability exposure in athletic or community-based events, the CATA recommends a minimum pay of $43 per hour for certified athletic trainer services. The data used to determine the rate included, but was not limited to: 2020 Median pay across numerous states for per diem services of $42.60/hour (NATA Board of Directors), Increased costs for the certified AT to purchase professional liability insurance, and the cost of living adjustments compared to other states and since original 2015 CATA minimum recommended per diem pay rate. Additional information can be found on the CATA website.

CATA Award Winners were announced the same weekend, and those in attendance were presented during the State Business meeting. Please join us in congratulating the following: Lifesaver Award: Sarah Beene, Ariahn Givens, Lindsay Gonzalez, Ellen Kelly, Nick Harvey,  and the Anaheim Ducks and the St. Louis Blues athletic training staffs; State Recognition Award: Jamie Adams; Special Service Award: Steven Winter, and Gary Vitti; Athletic Trainer of the Year: Sean Sharmirzadi.

The CATA Managing Board is looking for new faces!  We have quite a few volunteer opportunities as member terms are coming up. If you are interested in any of the following positions: Region 5 Director, Public Relations Chair, Political Action Committee Chair, Secondary Schools Committee Chair, and Revenue Chair, please sent a letter of interest and resume to: catasecretaryd8@gmail.com by April 1st.  You must be an NATA member and also have your NPI number.

The CATA has a challenge! “Who Are You?” The challenge is to take ACTION by getting on your organization’s website as the athletic trainer. In doing this small step you will help bring the profession some recognition as well as yourself. Take an extra step, and develop an AT webpage on your organization’s website, or if one exists, make sure it is updated!

CATA COME ON DOWN!! On March 10th, 15 members of the CATA met up to promote #NATM2020 on the Price is Right!  It was a greAT time spreading the word of athletic training and seeing if we could guess the price!  Episode air dates should be May 27th and May 28th!  See if you can spot the athletic trainers!

The Governmental Affairs has continued to work on AB 1665.  We still need your help to gain momentum as the legislation comes off of their COVID-19 recess.  You can help by sending in your letter of support and making sure that all your family and friends have sent one in as well!  All it takes is your name, address, and 2 minutes. Visit www.CA-AT.org/Licensure for more details. In addition, visiting your legislator or inviting your legislator to a significant work event is key to our success and I would encourage those interested to contact Zach Norton-Martinez, Legislative Action Team Chair, to coordinate talking points to assist our efforts.  Zach’s email is zachary.nortonmartinez@sbcusd.k12.ca.us.

Garvin Tsuji, MS, ATC | HATA President

Aloha from the Islands,

Although the current situation doesn’t allow for much to happen, the HATA board has been planning for the future.  We could choose to list all the cancelations that have happened however, we choose to look optimistically toward the future.   HATA has tentative plans to hold a State Leadership Forum, along with a CEU opportunities for members at the end of May.  In conjunction with that function, will be the annual golf tournament, held at Mililani Golf Course on May 31st.

Congratulations to HATA President, Reid Takano, on receiving the NATA Service Award.

We are still accepting applications for the HATA scholarships and those can be found on our website till April 15th.

Please visit our new website at www.hawaiiata.org and join our mailing list, while following us on Facebook, Instagram @hata_d8 and Twitter @hata_d8. Looking forward to seeing you all in Kona!

Mike Sepiol LAT, ATC | NEVATA President

For NATM, the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association (NEVATA) held a social media contest to increase awareness of athletic trainers in the community.  Participants were encouraged create posts demonstrating the wide scope of practice of ATs in the community and how we as licensed health care professionals serve a multitude of athletes and individuals in various settings; ATs were encouraged to tag the Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association on a variety of social media platforms to create a larger reach.  The winners, who will be drawn on March 20th and March 31st will earn free registration to the NEVATA’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium.

The Nevada Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium will be held on Nevada Day, October 30th, 2020, at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (exact campus location TBD) as well as at a satellite location in Reno, NV.   We are currently accepting proposals for speakers through June 2020.  If you would like to present, please reach out to nevadaathletictrainers@gmail.com.

NEVATA would also like to recognize Brian Driscoll LAT, ATC for his work with Stop the Bleed Organization.  Brian currently serves as teacher at Western High School in Las Vegas, Nevada where he teaches Sports Medicine 1 and 2 and Health Science and had previously served as the head athletic trainer there for over 10 years.  There, he introduced Stop the Bleed, which is a national organization that specializes in educating individuals in stopping major bleeding injuries in times of crisis.  Brian was the first athletic trainer in Nevada to add emergency medical kits to his secondary school from their campaign.  Furthermore, he has taught and advocated for other secondary school ATs and community members to become educated in Stop the Bleed training.  Brian was recently featured in NATA’s Blog for NATM 2020 for the domain of Immediate and Emergency Care.  Thank you for your continued service to your community!  For more information on Stop the Bleed, click here.

 | District 8 Representatives

ATs Care wants to ensure that as we are taking care of our families and patients, we continue to take care of ourselves. Resources for the COVID-19 response, including resources for self-care and mental health wellness can be found on NATA’s COVID-19 resource page.  ATs Care is always available to be a supportive network as you need us. To reach our team quickly, please email ATsCare@nata.org.

| District 8 Representative

No new update

Melissa Montgomery PhD, ATC | District 8 Representative

No new updates.

Carolyn Peters MA, ATC | District 8 Representative

No new update

Kavin Tsang PhD, ATC | District 8 Representative

Working on your CEUs while at home? Check out our Education Resources Committee’s collaborations with NATA in the online PDC (Professional Development Center) … “Effective Clinical Management of Patellofemoral Pain”, “ACL Injury Prevention”, “Evidence-Based Management for Overhead Athletes with Slap Lesions”.

Stacey Ritter ATC | District 8 Representative

There is no official word yet on whether Capitol Hill Day in Washington DC is still happening or whether it will be postponed. Once the NATAPAC leadership has come to a decision, I will share it with our District 8 membership as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. For more information about Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., you can also learn more here.

Members can always show support with a donation to the NATAPAC.