As a first time convention attendee, you are embarking on an adventure filled with opportunities to learn and to network with your colleagues and friends.
Before You Go
Use the online Attendee Itinerary Builder/smartphone app (Coming Spring 2012) to create your convention schedule.
Scout the exhibitors you want to visit at the NATA Trade Show by checking out the exhibitor listing and floor plan.
First stop: registration. With your registration email confirmation and photo ID in hand, you will pick up your convention materials in Hall 1 at the America’s Center. Your registration packet will include your name badge, guest badges (if any), pre-purchased event tickets, final program and exhibitor information.
Second stop: the Information Kiosk located outside Hall 3 to pick up your First Time Attendee ribbon!
Take the family or meet up with friends at the Opening Day Reception being held Wednesday, June 27 in the Edward Jones Dome at the convention center. This year’s reception offers something for everyone: great music, interactive games and more. Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided complimentary. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
What You Are Eligible to Attend
Members – The registration fee for members (certified, career starter certified, associate, retired certified, honorary, international certified, international non-certified, and certified students) includes admission to all educational sessions except Advanced Track Seminars, Minicourses and pre-conference settings workshops.
Due to limited availability, pre-registration is required for Special Topics, Learning Labs and Peer-to-Peer Discussions.
Students – Non-certified students are eligible to attend the Athletic Training Student Seminar, Feature Presentations and Sessions. Pre-conference settings workshops are also available for an additional charge.
Non-Members – Non-members are eligible to attend Feature Presentations, Sessions and Free Communications as well as Advanced Track Seminars and Minicourses for an extra charge.
What to Wear
We strongly encourage participants to dress in a manner befitting professionals while attending educational events and the NATA Trade Show. Business casual – shirts, slacks, skirts and blouses (no jeans or shorts) is the recommended attire. Learning Lab participants should change into lab attire for the Learning Lab and return to business casual afterwards.
One of the primary purposes of the NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia is to promote professionalism, so your cooperation in helping to improve the professional image of athletic trainers is greatly appreciated.
As with any destination, we recommend that conference attendees practice common sense and do not wander into deserted, non-tourist areas of the city. Wear your name badge at all times while in the convention center. Do not wear your name badge out in public.