All NATA 2017 attendees will receive the Convention Guide in their registration bags in Houston. This printed guide contains a programming overview, information about the NATA 2017 app, a full schedule of the educational content and a list of exhibitors. You’ll also find maps for the convention center, AT Expo and relevant hotels.
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.
Receive Training in Crisis Management
ATs Care is collaborating with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to offer a two-day training course June 25-26 during NATA 2017 in Houston. The training course is worth 13 CEUs. Registration is available through the same registration portal as the convention, but you do not have to be a convention attendee to participate in the training session.
When: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June 25 and 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 26
Where: Westchase room at the Marriott Riverchase in Houston, Texas
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. View the 2017 Free Comm schedule.
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.