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SWATA mourns the loss of Brad Robinson. 

Brad Robinson passed away on March 15, 2015. He was the joy of his parents Carol and Johnnie Robinson. His bright smile and sense of humor brought joy to all that knew him. He found his calling early in life while in junior high and pursued athletic training as his career in both clinical and academic practice.

He graduated from Leander HS in 1990 and went on to Odessa Junior College before graduating from Texas State University. He attended graduate school at West Texas A&M and UT Permian Basin. He worked at Frank Phillips Junior College, St. Edwards University, and Illinois State before returning to Texas to work at Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.  He was working on his doctorate at the time of his death. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice Austin Christopher House. 


Registration is now Open!!!






SWATA Free Communication and Research Applications

The SWATA Free Communication and Research Committee is pleased to announce the call for abstracts and grant applications.  Please follow the links below to apply.


The 2015 SWATA Scholarship Application Process is Now Open!

The SWATA Scholarship portal is now available. Please read all instructions prior to beginning the process to ensure you have all necessary documents and information available. In order to be considered for the scholarship program you must qualify for one of three categories: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Graduate.



To receive more information about the SWATA Scholarship porgram CLICK HERE

If you have specific questions email






The Bobby Gunn Student Leadership Award was established to recognize one of the true pioneers in athletic training -- and to give deserving students assistance in attending NATA’s Annual Meeting.

Bobby Gunn was NATA’s first president and an invaluable leader for the athletic training profession. He passed away in March 2007.   For more information on Bobby Gunn, see the April 2007 edition of the NATA News, available online at in the members‐only section.

To be eligible for the Award, you must be an undergraduate or entry-level master’s student who is a member of the NATA and have never attended the annual meeting before.  The NATA will waive the winner’s convention registration fee, and District VI will provide a travel stipend for the meeting.  Award recipients will be recognized at the annual meeting during the Pinky Newell Scholarship & Student Leadership Breakfast.




Want to own a piece of SWATA History?

SWATA Members can purchas copies of the Southwest Conference Athletic Trainers' "Night of Memories" DVD.

On July 17, 2014 more than a dozen athletic trainers from the former Southwest Conference took the stage to reminisce and share favorite stories.

The event was sponsored by the NATA Foundation, and the represented schools included: Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, University of Arkansas, University of Houston, and University of Texas at Austin. The guests shared memories of what life as an athletic trainer was like through the years — some humorous, some touching, all unique.

You can order a DVD of the event below. The DVD runs 83 minutes and price is $20 (includes tax and postage). Order Yours Today! Click Here to Order



The SWATA EDAC committee is working to establish and provide a professional network of certified athletic trainers that can help mentor/develop ethnically diverse individuals into motivated professionals while promoting a greater awareness for the profession of athletic training.


If you are interested in the EDAC Mentor Program click here








Welcome to the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association Website 


This website should serve as a resource to the public and the community that surronds athletic trainers in Arkansas and Texas



The purpose of the Southwest Athletic Trainers' Association (SWATA) shall be to enhance the quality of health care for the physically active; to promote and advance the profession of the athletic training profession; to promote a better working relationship among those who work toward the care and prevention of athletic injuries; enhance the health care of persons served by the Membership; safeguard and advance the membership; and to promote the free exchange of ideas and information within the Association. Promote, safeguard, and advance the profession of Athletic Training and its members.


If you are a member of NATA & SWATA, please proceed to the 'Member Login' at the top right of the screen.  Proceed to 'Register' as a new member at the top right of the Members Only site.  Complete the registration form and select 'Complete Registration' at the bottom right of the form.  Once your NATA member number is verified, you will have access to the Members Only site. 







 Is your athletic trainer deserving of an award?  Has your athletic trainer performed duties that have greatly impacted the quality of life of an individual?  

Then nominate your athletic trainer for an award today!







There are many resources available to parents, athletes, coaches, athletic training students, athletic trainers and other medical professions.  Simply choose a category under the 'Resources' tab at the top of your screen.   Here you will find information related to health and activity.  







Are you an athletic trainer and have let your membership status lapse?  Maybe you have never been a member of SWATA.  Renew your membership or become a first time member today!  

When you join NATA, you automatically become a member of SWATA.