The NATA Convention Programming Committee is working to finalize the educational offerings at NATA 2017. For the first time ever, we are excited to bring you the Preliminary Program in an interactive digital format that will allow you to sort through the hundreds of sessions by domain, topic and interest to create your own itinerary. View abstracts and speaker bios all in one place so you can make informed decisions about what sessions to attend. The digital format for the program allows real-time updates, so you will have accurate information even as session times and speakers change during the preparation for the convention. The preliminary program is available on our NATA 2017 app in the “Events” section.
View a list of NATA 2017 educational sessions (pdf).
The abstracts for all educational sessions are available in the “Events” section of the preliminary program. You can sort through the abstracts by track or date, and you can even curate your content to your own learning needs by adding events to your schedule within the program.
Pre-Conference Career Development Workshops
Held annually the day prior to first official day of convention educational programming, the NATA Committee on Practice Advancement and Ossur host the Pre-Conference Career Day Workshops. The all-day workshops traditionally feature lectures in the morning and hands-on learning in the afternoon. In 2016, the workshops focused on topics related to athletic trainers working in physician practice and performing arts. Hands-on learning included casting, radiology, surgical first-assist and graft prep for ACL reconstruction. These workshops require advanced registration and attendees can earn additional CEUs. The topics for the 2017 workshops will be posted when available.
Free Communications Program
One of the top attractions for the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo is the Free Communications program (more casually known as Free Comm), a program sponsored by the NATA Research & Education Foundation that gives athletic trainers a forum for distributing new research and clinical case studies. To date, the program has provided almost 5,000 poster and oral presentations.
This year in Houston, convention attendees can look forward to more than 500 oral, poster, thematic or rapid-fire presentations. Research is presented in oral and poster formats and includes general research, NATA Foundation funded research, thematic posters, clinical case reports and our Student Exchange program posters. Abstracts for 2017 Free Comm presentations will be posted in March 2017.
Distinguished Scholar Presentations
Thursday, June 23, 1:30 pm-3:30 pm
Exchange lecturers from other sports medicine associations will speak about their research. The NATA Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research, New Investigator Award and Doctoral Dissertation Award and Free Communications Student Award winners will also be formally recognized at this two-hour session.