State Symposium

OUR MISSION

The mission of the IATA is to improve the quality of healthcare in the State of Illinois through the advancement, promotion, and improvement of the athletic training profession for practicing Athletic Trainers in all settings, and to be proactive in creating effective partnerships in our communities, as well as among those interested in athletic training as a career. In addition, IATA provides a means for a free exchange of ideas for the Illinois athletic training field.

The Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposium will be held on June 11-12, 2022, and is the opportunity for athletic trainers across the state to gather for education and celebration. Over the course of a weekend, there are a variety of classes and events offered. The state meeting is your opportunity to get involved with the IATA, connect with athletic trainers you may rarely see, visit vendor booths, and learn about new trends in the profession. In an effort to appeal to more members, we have decided to move the Annual Meeting from its traditional November date to June. Join us at the Crown Plaza in Springfield this summer!


Registration is now open!

Click here to register 

Registration is on the all-in-one Whova platform. You'll find the full agenda there, with tons of information online in one place. Join us on Whova to interact with fellow attendees. Check out everything the IATA and Springfield has to offer. Let's come together once again to learn from one another, celebrate, and advance the profession. Please make plans to join us and register today!

Clinical Symposium details:

8 in-person CEUs offered 

4 bonus virtual CEUs included with registration

Cost: $60 for members ($5 per CEU!)

Nonmembers cost: $110

Student cost: Free! The agenda includes 2 dedicated student sessions.


Additional State Meeting Events & Offerings

  • IATA Career Center sponsored by Athletico
  • CPR Re-certification course (additional fee applies)
  • IHSA Wrestling Body Fat Assessor's License renewal course (additional fee applies)
  • Friday night Board of Directors meet and greet
  • Saturday morning golf tee times
  • Saturday morning IATA block party at the Farmer's Market
  • Saturday evening IATA happy hour & social
  • Sunday awards ceremony
  • Meet with our vendors and sponsors in the exhibit hall

Check out the agenda for details on all of these events!


Make a weekend of it!

Moving our annual meeting to the summer allows you to make this a weekend getaway. Here's more information on all Springfield has to offer:

Visiting Springfield

Summer Fun

History Everywhere

Springfield is an amazing place for the history of our state and country. No trip to Springfield is complete without a visit to the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Ghost of the Library is a show-stopper for all ages!

Downtown Springfield is loaded with more Lincoln sites, including his home, law office, and the old State Capitol building. Check out this blog on Lincoln sites.

Apple Maps Guides of Springfield

Accommodations for the 2022 Annual Meeting

Due to another convention happening at the Crowne Plaza during this weekend, rooms at the venue have been fully booked for Friday night. There are still rooms available for Saturday night, however. Here is the booking information along with a list of hotels very close to the Crowne Plaza. As things progress more rooms may become available at the Crowne but we recommend not waiting to book. 

Click here to book at the Crowne Plaza hotel

Click here for a list of hotels by distance, and their contact information.


Apply to speak at a future state meeting!

The application period for the 2022 Clinical Symposium has closed. Applications will be accepted for the 2023 Clinical Symposium at a later date.

Click here to apply!

 If you have questions about the proposal process or state meeting speakers, please contact Education Chair Nicholas E. Grahovec (NGrahovec@niu.edu). 



Past State Meeting Resources

Click on the link below for a presentation from the 2021 Clinical Symposium.

Improved Patient Care for Permanently-Sidelined Athletes: The Athletic Trainer's Role


Click on the links below for the presentations from the 2020 Clinical Symposium.

Fueling Growth, Health, and Performance in the High School Athlete

Neurodynamic Testing and Neural Mobilization

When Can I Play Again? Measures to Improve Return to Sport Decision-Making

Sleep Well, Elite Athlete: The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Sports Performance

Unlocking the Power of Breathing on Core Strength and Stability

Managing Acute Concussions: Role of Sleep and Physical Activity on Symptom Burden in Young Adults

Interprofessional Collaboration: Athletic Trainers and School Nurses

Traumatic Injuries in Rugby


Click on the links below for the presentations from the 2019 Clinical Symposium.

Emotional Resiliency Among Athletic Trainers in the Secondary School

The Future of Athletic Training Education

Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation & Implications for Athletic Trainers


Click on the links below for the presentations from the 2018 Clinical Symposium.

Comprehensive Care of the Overhead Athlete

Closed Chain Exercises for the Overhead Athlete

The Overhead Athlete- More Than Just the Shoulder

Scapular Dysfunction and Corrective Exercise in Swimmers


Click on the links below for the presentations from the 2017 Clinical Symposium.

The Role of the Athletic Trainer in a Diabetic Athlete's Management

Psychological Concerns at the Secondary School

The Roles of Psychology in Sport: Applications and Understandings

Physical and Psychological Factors in Persistent Concussion Symptoms

Integrating Sport Psychology Services with ACL Rehab Treatment with College Student- Athletes

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