The NATA Research & Education Foundation has an exciting schedule of activities for NATA 2018 in New Orleans.



NATA Foundation Booth

Visit our booth to learn more about the important work the NATA Foundation is doing on behalf of your profession.

Tuesday, June 26                    8 am – 6 pm

Wednesday, June 27               8 am – 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 28                   8 am – 5:30 pm

Friday, June 29                        8 am – 1 pm


Silent Auction

Stop by the NATA Foundation Silent Auction to browse and bid on an array of items. Can’t make it to New Orleans – no worries. The NATA Foundation Silent Auction will be open to the public and all members thru our online system. The auction opens June 1, 2018 and ends at 11 am June 29, 2018..


Onsite dates and times:
Wednesday, June 27                8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Thursday, June 28                    8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday, June 29                      10:00am – 1:00pm  Winners can pick up items. Bidding ends at 11 am.

All items will be on display for the duration of the event in a secured area outside the entrance to the trade show hall.


NATA Foundation Special Event

You are cordially invited to the

NATA Foundation Speakeasy


Presented by


Thursday, June 28   7:30 pm

Generations Hall (one block west of the convention center)
310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

Multiple level sponsorships will be available. Additional information can be found on the NATA Foundation website.
Dust off those glad rags and show up in costume for a chance to win a prize!




NATA Foundation 5K Fueled by Gatorade



Friday, June 29th at 6:00 am
Location: Audubon Park, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA

You can sign up for the 5K during convention registration. If you have already registered for convention and forgot to sign-up for the 5K, simply return to the registration site and select the “ALREADY REGISTERED?” tab to add this event.

The NATA Foundation 5k Fueled by Gatorade is returning to our convention in 2018 and it boasts new elements to make it more fun than ever! You can advertise your participation to your network and they can donate to the NATA Foundation in support of your work to keep the physically active community at large safe and help alleviate risk associated with physical activity. You will have a participant homepage where you can manage all aspects of your personal fundraising goals complete with established templates for email and social media activation. Each fundraising participant (over $25 raised) receives a commemorative incentive prize as our “thank you” to you for supporting the NATA Foundation’s cause!

Create your fundraising page today!

Incentive Prizes

  • $25-$49  Silver water bottle
  • $50-$149  Power bank
  • $150-$249  Blanket
  • $250-$749 Backpack
  • $750-$1499  Messenger bag
  • $1500+ Pick any two



Research/Faculty Mentor Luncheon

(Invitation only to current and past participants and NATA Fellows)

Keynote Presentation
The mission of the NATA Foundation Research/Faculty mentor program is to provide guidance and mentorship to junior faculty members (pre-tenured; less than 6 years of experience as a faculty member) involved in higher education within the athletic training profession.

The NATA Foundation Research/Faculty Mentor Program pairs junior faculty members with established faculty who will provide guidance, advice and assistance in navigating the first several years of employment within higher education. The goal is to form a lasting relationship to help the mentee build a solid knowledge base and acquire an understanding of the balance necessary to becoming a successful researcher and educator. Direction of the relationship and areas of focus will be built upon the mutual interests and goals of the pairings.


NATA Foundation Distinguished Scholar Lecture Exchange


The Lecture Exchange Program provides athletic trainers with an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research from other health care professionals. It also allows members from these groups to benefit from athletic training speakers who represent the profession by giving presentations at their annual meetings.

This session has two components. The first consists of presentations by our exchange lecturers who represent:

  • The American College of Sports Medicine
  • The American Medical Society of Sports Medicine and
  • The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

The second portion of the session includes the recognition of our 2018 research award recipients, including the winners of the 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award Presented in Honor of David Perrin, PhD, ATC, the 2018 New Investigator Award recipient, and the 2018 Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research award recipient. These presentations will be followed by the Journal of Athletic Training Awards and the Student Free Communication Awards.



Pinky Newell Student Leadership Reception

Wednesday, June 27  6:30 – 7:30 pm
Free (reservations required)
Presented by the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals Committee

Join the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals Committee at this networking event recognizing NATA Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Awards, Athletic Training Student Challenge Awards and the Deloss Brubaker Awards for Student Writing.
Presented by the NATA Foundation and the NATA Young Professionals Committee


Free Communication Program

Free Communications is the first chance an AT often gets to present their research and clinical case studies on a topic during the NATA convention. To date, almost 5,000 oral and poster presentations have been provided through this program. The Free Communications program provides a forum for researchers and clinicians to disseminate research and clinical case studies. Those abstracts selected by the Committee are published in the Supplement to the Journal of Athletic Training and are presented at the NATA Convention via oral or poster presentation.

Learn more about the NATA Foundation’s Free Communications Program in the education portion of the website.