AT in Physician Practice: VNATA 2020 Better Than Imagined

September 3, 2020 by Claire Williams

Editor’s note: NATA reached out to athletic trainers who participated in the 2020 NATA Virtual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo to learn about their experiences for a blog series called My VNATA Experience. If you would like to share your thoughts on VNATA 2020 as well, email 

For an athletic trainer in a physician’s office, finding opportunities to connect with fellow athletic trainers and earn CEUs are not always abundant, but NATA works to make sure it’s possible. The 2020 NATA Virtual Clinical Symposia & AT Expo was no different.

Ted Hirschfeld, MS, LAT, ATC, who works at a physician’s office in Wisconsin, has attended the NATA Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in year’s past, but the connection, networking and professional involvement opportunities that the virtual convention offered made VNATA 2020 one he wouldn’t miss.

This “new learning experience,” he said, “was better than I could’ve imagined.”

Learn more and register for VNATA 2020 through Sept. 10. The live portion of the event has ended, but on-demand content and access to the AT Expo is still available.

What was your favorite part(s) of VNATA 2020?

Chatting with members I had never met and listening to professionals share their great information.

What new knowledge/takeaway from VNATA 2020 will you use in your daily practice?

[I am taking away from VNATA 2020] much new information about sports medicine [regarding] COVID protocols and exertional heat illness procedures.

Why would you recommend VNATA 2020 to your fellow ATs?

Yes – Great information formatted in an easy, online manner.