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Committee service to Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association is what allows our profession to grow and thrive. The work done via committee chairs and committee members enrich our association and are an integral part of SWATA.

If you are interested in volunteering for a committee and participating in the growth of SWATA, you are sure to find the right fit for you among the list.

College & University Athletic Training Committee
Committee on Practice Advancement
Communication Committee
Competency Workshop Committee
Convention Committee
Corporate Sponsorships Committee
Ethics Committee
Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee
Free Communication & Research Committee
History & Archives Committee
Honors & Awards Committee
Life Balancing Committee
Meeting Assistance Committee
Memorial Committee
Public Relations Committee
Scholarships Committee
Secondary School Athletic Trainers’ Committee
Student Leadership Development Committee
Young Professionals’ Committee

Past Presidents

1954 – 56 Eddie Wojecki
1956 – 59 Bobby Gunn
1959 – 60 Weaver Jordan
1960 – 61 Billy Pickard
1961 – 62 Gerald Anderson
1962 – 63 Louis Grevelle
1963 – 64 Jerry Rhea
1964 – 65 Wayne Rideout
1965 – 66 James Dodson
1966 – 67 Dan Ives
1967 – 68 Sam Ketchum
1968 – 69 Vernon Eschenfelder
1969 – 70 Gib Weaver
1970 – 71 Logan Wood
1971 – 72 Paul Zeek
1972 – 73 Skip Cox
1973 – 74 Ronnie Hunt
1974 – 75 James Ketchum
1975 – 76 Al Wilson
1976 – 77 Bobby Patton
1977 – 78 Paul Branson
1978 – 79 John Barnett
1979 – 80 Randy Day
1980 – 81 Aubry Fisk
1981 – 82 Harold Bennett
1982 – 83 Charlie Henry
1983 – 84 T. Ross Bailey
1984 – 85 Herb Kensing
1985 – 86 Ken Murray
1986 – 87 George Young
1987 – 88 Pete Carlon
1988 – 89 Roy Don Wilson
1989 – 90 Dennis Pruss
1990 – 91 Susan Leeper
1991 – 92 Mike Sims
1992 – 93 Randy Matthews
1993 – 94 Tom Woods
1994 – 95 Larry Gardner
1995 – 96 Doug Gibbins
1996 – 97 Dennis Hart
1997 – 98 Arnold Thomas
1998 – 99 Mark Gilbert
1999 – 00 Jeff Bass
2000 – 01 Bruce McCrary
2001 – 02 Brian Conway
2002 – 03 Bucky Taylor
2003 – 04 Robert Maniscalco
2004 – 05 Kathy Dieringer
2005 – 06 Ron Carroll
2006 – 07 Becky Spurlock
2007 – 08 Melinda Terry
2008 – 09 Dan O’Connor
2009 – 10 Mike Carroll
2010 – 11 David Traylor
2011 – 12 Chris Hall
2012 – 14 Mitzi Laughlin
2014 – 15 David Gish
2015 – 18 Josh Woodall

Past District Directors

1951 William Dayton
1952 Wayne Rudy
1953 Elmer Brown
1954 Weaver Jordan
1955 Eddie Wojecki
1956 William Ferrell
1957 Ross Moore
1958 Wayne Rudy
1959 Ross Moore
1960 Eddie Wojecki
1961 Weaver Jordan
1962 – 64 Tom Wilson
1964 – 67 Bobby Gunn
1967 – 69 Billy Pickard
1969 – 72 Tom Wilson
1972 – 75 Eddie Lane
1975 – 82 Cash Birdwell
1982 – 91 Paul Zeek
1991 – 97 Pete Carlon
1997 – 06 Sandy Miller
2006 – 11 Brian Conway
2011 – 17 Kathy Dieringer
2017 – current Chris Hall

COMMITTEE FORMS

Volunteer Committee Forms

The SWATA Research and Education Committee would like to formally announce the “Call For Abstracts” for the Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia in Arlington July 18-21st.  All licensed and/or certified members in Texas and Arkansas are eligible to submit original research or a case study, and the Research and Education committee would like all eligible athletic trainers in SWATA to take advantage of this opportunity.  The deadline for submission of a properly formatted abstract is April 30th, 2018 by 11:59pm.  Detailed information regarding the submission guidelines as well as the submission application can be found on the SWATA website under the “Free Communication and Research” link.  Submissions that are recommended for acceptance will be assigned as either an oral or poster presentation at the 2018 annual meeting.

In addition to the Call for Abstracts, SWATA will again be offering their Free Communications and Research Committee (FCRC) Grant program.  SWATA will provide (2) undergraduate and/or entry level master’s students up to $500 to assist with the costs associated with their faculty-mentored research project. SWATA will award up to $1000 to a graduate student (post-professional master’s or doctoral) to assist with costs associated with the completion of their thesis project. Proposals which have inherent clinical application will be viewed favorably.  Similar to the Call for Abstracts, the deadline for the SWATA Grant will be April 30th, 2018 by 11:59pm.

The mission of the Free Communications and Research Committee (FCRC) is to encourage and facilitate the scholarly development of student and professional members of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) by providing an avenue for presentation and funding of their work, helping them to become well-rounded clinicians, and enhancing the evidence base within District Six. The guidelines for the 2018 Free Communications and Research Committee Abstract Competition will adhere to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation guidelines. Faculty and clinicians are welcome to submit an abstract, but only undergraduate, entry-level masters, and post-professional masters and doctoral students will eligible for awards.

To assure the exchange of valuable information, the FCRC utilizes a blinded peer-review process for abstracts following standardized guidelines, but expects abstracts to be submitted at a quality worthy of publication. Each submitted abstract will be blinded and reviewed by a minimum of two committee members. Due to the potential number of abstracts reviewed it is essential for investigators or clinicians submitting abstract follow these instructions precisely and copy edit their own work. Abstracts that are not submitted in accordance with the instructions below have a strong likelihood of being rejected.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to submit either original research or a case study for consideration.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact SWATA.