Can’t Miss at the Convention

June 16, 2017


NATA 2017 is almost here! As you gear up for a week of learning, networking, and growing the athletic training profession, we’ve compiled a list of can’t-miss seminars and events at the convention. Keep reading to find out about all the highlights!

We know that a big part of the NATA Convention is the chance to attend seminars and expand your knowledge-based practice. There were more than 700 speakers and 342 convention events at NATA 2016, and this year’s class of presenters will not disappoint! They look to touch on a variety of topics to keep you on top of the latest information for athletic trainers.

Many current and former T&C contributors will be presenting this year. Here’s a rundown of what they will be covering:

Tuesday, June 27

·      8:15 to 9:15 a.m., Brendon McDermott, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas, will be presenting in a Best Practices Forum on Exertional Heat Illness in Younger Athletes.

·      1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Shawn Felton, EdD, LAT, ATC, Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Florida Golf Coast University, will present “The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to the Use of Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound.”

·      1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer and Sports Medicine, Health, and Physical Education Teacher at Penn-Trafford High School (Harrison City, Pa.), will be presenting “An Overview of the Secondary Schools ATLAS Project: Where Are We Now?”

·      1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Timothy Neal, MS, ATC, Assistant Professor for Health and Human Performance and Director of Athletic Training Education at Concordia University, will present “There is More to Athletic Training Excellence Than Being an Excellent Athletic Trainer.”

Thursday, June 29

·      7:00 to 9:00 a.m., Larry Cooper is on the docket again, this time presenting on “Real Life Strategies for Showing Your Value to Administration” during a session on “Team-Based Health Care: How to Implement Value Strategies for Athletic Trainers.”

·      7:00 to 9:00 a.m., Adam Linens, MS, ATC, CSCS, PES, CES, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Oregon, will present in a Learning Lab entitled, “Advances in Agility Training for the Lower Extremity.”

·      7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Valerie Moody, PhD, LAT, ATC, CSC, Program Director of the Athletic Training Program at the University of Montana, will present “Assessment of Implementation of the Dylan Steigers Protection of Youth Athletes Act: A Descriptive Study,” during the poster session on Concussion Policy and Legislation.

·      10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., During the feature presentation session entitled “Head Impact Sensor Technology: How Will This Impact Athletic Training Care in the Future?” Thomas Kaminski, PhD, ATC, FNATA, Professor and Director of Athletic Training Education at the University of Delaware, will present “Soccer: Ban Soccer Heading? The Science of Head Impact Biomechanics in Soccer.” 

Besides the seminars, the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is always a must-see event. Watch the new class don their green jackets on Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. This year’s inductees include:

·      John Anderson, Med, ATC, Assistant Program Director and Assistant Professor, Troy University

·      Fran Babich, MS, ATC, Physical Education Instructor, Butte College

·      Tanya Dargusch, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, Washington Township High School (Washington Township, N.J.)

·      Katherine Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC, Co-Owner, D&D Sports Medicine

·      MaryBeth Horodyski, EdD, LAT, ATC, FNATA, Professor, Resident Research Coordinator, Director of Research, University of Florida Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

·      Jeff McKibbin, MEd, LAT, ATC, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program Director, University of Central Oklahoma

·      Michael O'Shea, MA, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance

And be sure to wrap up the day Wednesday by taking in the 2017 NATA Keynote Speaker, Dr. Zubin Damania (ZDoggMD). He spent a decade at Stanford as an internist and cultivated a side career in stand-up comedy, specializing in medical satire. In his address, Dr. Damania will talk about combining his passion for comedy with serving the underserved to find the joy in caring for patients.

Along with the educational sessions, Hall of Fame induction, and keynote address, you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss the trade show floor in the exhibit hall. It’s a hub of activity where you can learn about the newest sports medicine products, form relationships with vendors, and catch up with us at T&C. Our team has been attending trade shows for more than 25 years, and we’ve learned how to get the most from these events. Here are a few tips:

  • Plan your trade show time in advance using our listings of all vendors by company name and booth number. Click here for the exhibitor listing in alphabetical order. 
  • Click here for the exhibitor listing in numerical order.
  • Finally, don’t forget to stop by the T&C booth. You can pick up a show packet that contains our May/June issue, with a special guide to products on display at the convention and new products just being launched. Remember to look through your packet for tickets—there are hundreds of opportunities to instantly win a prize from one of our participating advertisers. This is also a great time to renew your free T&C subscription.

Here’s where and when to find T&C at the AT Expo:
Booth #8080

Tuesday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (restricted to certified and associate NATA members)
Wednesday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open to all registrants)

Thursday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (open to all registrants)




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