State Symposium


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 is held in early November, 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. On Saturday and Sunday, there are typically workshops for special interests. The Social is held on Saturday evening, at which scholarships are presented to recipients who have applied during the year. Sunday holds most of the educational programming, including a variety of lectures, and the Keynote address. The IATA Business Meeting, official Board meeting, and many other committee meetings are also held on Sunday. Students who attend will also benefit from student-centered programming, and enjoy the friendly competition of the annual Quiz Bowl.

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. The 2021 meeting will be held on November 6th and 7th, at the Embassy Suites in Naperville, IL. Registration and accommodation information will be coming soon!

Apply to speak at a future state meeting!

We are now accepting applications to present at the 2021 IATA State Meeting & Clinical Symposium!  If you are interested in presenting at the 2021 meeting, please click below for the application and instructions.

The deadline to apply to speak at the state meeting has been extended to June 6th, 2021.

Click here to apply

 If you have questions about the proposal process or state meeting speakers, please contact Nicholas E. Grahovec ( 

Past State Meeting Resources

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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