NATA Pre-Conference Workshops

NATA offers a variety of pre-conference workshops created to maximize your professional development as a health care professional.  Visit registration to sign up for the workshops or add them to your existing registration.


ATs Care Committee Pre-Conference 2-Day Workshop, Group Crisis Intervention

Sunday, June 23 2019, 7:30 am – 5 pm and Monday, June 24, 8 am – 3 pm

Completion of “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certification indicating full attendance (14 contact hours; 14 Cat D CEUs) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program. Sun, 6/23, 10 am – 5 pm and Mon 6/24, 8 am – 3 pm ; (Open to certified and associate members). Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed. Open to certified athletic trainers only.



First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor Training

Monday, June 24 2019
7:30 am – 5 pm



Athletic trainers are required by the BOC to maintain Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) certification. This creates the need for more access to ECC instructors. It is anticipated that athletic department programs, in best practice, will also certify their coaches and staff/faculty in CPR. The ATs who attend this training will be positioned to provide that training. This increases ATs involvement in disseminating this information and is another way to heighten ATs visibility and contributions.

Completion of the course certifies students to teach CPR, AED and First Aid and Lay Responder Training and if they choose to do so participants will also be able to bridge online to be able to teach the CPR/PRO classes.

The certification will be through American Red Cross (ARC.)

A recertification of CPR/PRO will be conducted at the beginning of the course. Successful participants will receive their ECC card, which satisfies the BOC requirement, and their instructor certification will be entered, by the instructor, into their ARC profile.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the tools necessary to conduct an American Red Cross (AR) CPR/AED/FA course.
  • Apply the different lessons while evaluating their skills and techniques.
  • Explain all skills associated with CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

Leonard Angelli, MS, ATC, LAT

CEUs are not issued for this course. However, the BOC has indicated that 4 CEUs can be claimed under Category D.

Audience: ATs – certified professionals and associates

Cost: $410 for members and $510 for non-members.

Students must provide proof of a valid FA/CPR/AED Red Cross certificate. Enrollment is for both the online and live course. The online course must be completed prior to class attendance. Access to the online course will be provided by Mr. Angelli.

Students must bring a pocket mask and have access to a digital or paper copy of the instructors and participant manual.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Re-certification for CPR/PRO – Students will be tested on their CPR/AED skills at the beginning of the class, and must be able to perform all of the skills properly without hesitation.
  • Lecture – Attendees will be led in the pedagogy of becoming a qualified ARC instructor.
  • Lab – The course is designed to have each student lead three practice teaching sessions throughout the course of the day. The sessions are staged from basic skill steps leading up to complete full lesson delivery. Each candidate will also provide feedback to each of their classmates. They will also be given feedback by the instructor team. The outcomes of each session will determine the participant’s readiness to successfully pass the class.
  • Evaluation – Upon completion of the course work, each instructor candidate will have ample time to ask questions prior to taking the exam at the end of the class. The instructors will complete a multiple-choice test consisting of 25 questions which must be passed with a score of 80% or better.

Level: Advanced





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Performing Arts Workshop

Monday, June 24, 2019
11:30 am – 3:45 pm

CEUs: 3.75

Cost: $60

Workshop Description/Target Audience:

This workshop is targeted to ATs currently in and interested in the performing arts setting. Emphasis will be on key examination and treatment techniques as well as preventative measures involved in working with performance artists.

Level of Difficulty: Advanced

Format: Lecture



11 am – 11:30 am

Onsite Registration


11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Connecting Body and Mind Health Awareness to the High School Dance and Performer
Karen Turnbull

Description: Encouraging healthy lifestyle choices with education of injury prevention techniques, self-care and nutrition.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify areas of nutritional concern among high school dancers and performers.
  2. Recognize the tendency for overuse injuries and list some of the most common injury areas.
  3. Recognize the need for rest and recovery.
  4. Create effective nutritional guidelines to fuel and hydrate teenage dancers.
  5. Develop preventative strategies for common injury areas in dancers.
  6. Recommend applicable strategies to encourage rest and recovery to overworked bodies.

Domains/Tasks: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis; Therapeutic Intervention


12:15 – 1 pm

Hip Surgery Considerations for the Performing Artists
Chad Hanson, MD

Description: The care of hip dysfunction and disease in the performing artist poses many unique challenges to the healthcare practitioner. Anatomic and functional differences require a tailored approach to both the conservative and operative management of these individuals.  Having a thorough understanding of the best approach to diagnosis and treatment will allow the artist to return to the stage in the most expeditious manner while avoiding complications.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the presentation, pathoanatomy, diagnosis, and treatment of hip disease in the performing artist.
  2. Identify unique challenges to successful outcomes in this patient population.
  3. Identify strategies to overcome hip complications in the performer.

Domains/Tasks: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis; Therapeutic Intervention


1:00 – 1:15 pm



1:15 – 2:00 pm

Caring for the Post-Professional Dancer
Jacqui Haas, MS, ATC

Description:  This presentation will analyze findings from a survey analyzing the post professional dancer’s long-term musculoskeletal health and well-being. A structured questionnaire was emailed to former members of the Cincinnati Ballet. The findings will be presented to learn more about the physical and emotional changes following the professional performing lifestyle. The survey noted 93% of dancers suffered from dance related injuries diagnosed by a physician, with 68% of the dancers still suffering from those injuries. Injuries by anatomical region, osteopenia/osteoporosis percentages and arthritis percentages will be reviewed to help create more health education and wellness awareness for the current population of professional dancers. Career transition and the physical and emotional changes that occur can be challenging for some dancers.  This presentation is an insightful review of the long-term effects of professional dancing in hopes of creating better injury management techniques for today’s professional dancer.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define current literature on post-professional dancer injuries.
  2. Explain and identify information attained from a retired professional dancer survey.
  3. Recognize how to apply the information in the current clinical setting to increase health education and wellness.

Domains/Tasks: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis Therapeutic Intervention


2:00  – 2:45 pm

Caring for Our Professional Voice Athletes
Linda Ganz, MS, CCC-SLP


Description: Pathology to the voice in professional and collegiate performing artists can be carrier threating. Proper recognition, referral, diagnosis and treatment are essential for proper recovery and prevention. This presentation will help the Athletic Trainer in the performing arts environment recognize pathology to the pharynx and larynx. In addition, the Athletic Trainer will be able to determine when to refer to speech and voice specialists as well as provider continued care to the performer.

Domains/Tasks: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Immediate and Emergency Care; Therapeutic Intervention


Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe anatomy of pharynx and larynx.
  2. Identify basic voice injuries within the collegiate or professional environments.
  3. Recognize how to work with a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist to help the Professional Voice Athlete.
  4. Recognize how to improve the Professional Voice Athletes Day-to-Day Routine.


2:45  – 3:00pm



3:00 – 3:45 pm

The Hanging Performer: Evaluation and Treatment for the Aerial Performer
Steve McCauley, MHS, LAT, ATC, CSCS


Description: The use of aerial acts in the performing arts is a common element in today’s production shows. Understanding various harness applications and the various ways of use as well as injury’s related to such use is important for the athletic trainer exposed to this kind of performance to understand. This presentation will allow the participant to identify various harnesses and their applications as well as identify pathology related to harness work. The participant will be able to consider these elements when designing treatment and conditioning plans related to the hanging performing athlete.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Define various forms of harness wear and the various applications for the performing athlete.
  2. Explain and identify elements related to evaluation and treatment of the hanging performing athlete.
  3. Identify movement dysfunction related to injury of the hanging performing athlete.
  4. Define treatment plans specific to the hanging performing athlete.

Domains/Tasks: Domains/Tasks: Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion; Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis; Therapeutic Intervention

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CPR for Professional Rescuer ECC Skills Recertification

Friday, June 28, 2019
9 am – 12 pm

Attendees receive a 2-year CPR for Professional Rescuer (CPR PRO) certificate. This course is an acceptable ECC provider for the BOC requirement. Current ECC certification required.