Marshall to host West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association Conference and Sports Medicine Symposium in Flatwoods


WVATA Capitol Hill DayThe Department of Athletic Training will host the West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association (WVATA) Conference and Sports Medicine Symposium March 6-7 in Flatwoods.

The conference will provide an opportunity for athletic trainers across the state to discuss the introduction of House Bill 2746 and Senate Bill No. 506, which require that athletic trainers be licensed, instead of registered, according to program director, Dr. Joseph Beckett.

“We traveled to the Capitol on Jan. 29 to represent the WVATA and advocate for athletic training licensure for the state of West Virginia,” Beckett said. “Currently, 43 out of 50 states, including all states surrounding West Virginia, have athletic training licensure. Licensure is the highest attainable credential within the health care field.”

Beckett said having athletic training licensure would provide an additional level of protection to the general public.

“With state licensure, there is protection against untrained individuals referring to themselves as athletic trainers,” Beckett said. “We are hoping to make licensure a reality within West Virginia and help create more jobs and revenue with the introduction of House Bill 2746 and Senate Bill No. 506.”

Zach Garrett, assistant professor and clinical coordinator for the program, has served as the event coordinator for this year’s WVATA conference. Garrett said there are currently seven Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) programs in the state and all will be present at next weekend’s conference.

Those who attend the WVATA Conference and Sports Medicine Symposium can receive seven hours of continuing education units. The conference will be held at the Days Hotel Flatwoods Conference Center in Sutton. For more information on the WVATA Conference, visit www.wvata.org online.

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Photo: Marshall University athletic training faculty and students visited the State Capitol on Jan. 29 to discuss the importance of obtaining state licensure for their profession. Nineteen members represented the university, which was the largest contingent of athletic training faculty, staff and students from any university in the state.