The NATA Research & Education Foundation has an exciting schedule of activities for NATA 2019 in Las Vegas.



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 25             10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, June 26        10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, June 27            8:00 am – 1:00 pm


Steve Moore Book Signing

Wednesday, June 26       10:00 am – 11:30 am

Stop by the NATA Foundation Booth to meet Steve Moore and get your copy of his book “It Only Laughs When I Hurt” signed.  Books can be pre-ordered using your registration details or purchased at the registration counter onsite at convention and 15% of the proceeds will benefit the NATA Foundation.  Limited quantities available.





Silent Auction

Stop by the NATA Foundation Silent Auction to browse and bid on an array of items. Can’t make it to Las Vegas – no worries. The NATA Foundation Silent Auction will be open to the public and all members thru our online system.  All items will be on display for the duration of the event in a secured area outside the entrance to the trade show hall.

The auction opens June 1, 2019 and ends at 11:00 am June 27, 2019.

Onsite dates and times:

Tuesday, June 25                         10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, June 26                    10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday, June 27                        8:00 am – 11:00 am  (Bidding ends at 11:00 am)
11:00 am – 1:00 pm  (Winners can pick up items)


Las Vegas Libations- Presented by Celltex Therapeutics

Wednesday, June 26, 2019  6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Get ready for a fun evening!  You are invited to participate in an exclusive tour and tasting at one of three venues in the “Artisan Booze District”:  The Las Vegas Distillery, Vegas Valley Winery, or CraftHaus Brewery.

As the “Designated Driver” co-sponsors, the BOC & CAATE are providing a chartered bus to and from each venue.

Tickets are $55 each and VERY limited (50 for each location).  Be sure to purchase your ticket and choose your location when you register for NATA 2019!

If you are interested in a sponsorship (all sponsorships include event tickets), please contact Jennifer Yoder.


New to the NATA Convention – Daybreak Yoga!

Thursday, June 27, 2019  6:00 am – 7:00 am
Mandalay Bay Resort (exact location will be announced)

Roll out of bed and meet us at the mat for a 1 hour daybreak yoga class from a certified yoga instructor. All proceeds will assist the  NATA Foundation in advancing the AT profession through research and education, while benefiting the active population at large.

The fee is $25 and you can you can sign up during convention registration. Space will be limited, on a first come, first served basis and we are expecting to sell out, so register EARLY!


Note: The Daybreak Yoga event is replacing the 5K at this year’s convention.


Research/Faculty Mentor Luncheon

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

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 2019 research award recipients, including the winners of the 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award Presented in Honor of David Perrin, PhD, ATC, the 2019 New Investigator Award recipient, and the 2019 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 Scholarship and Student Leadership Reception

Tuesday, June 25   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.

View the awards program here. (pdf)

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.