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Current State Law
The CATA has been working to pass legislature that would ensure the safety of athletes of all ages by requiring the state to place stricter regulations on who can call themselves an “athletic trainer.” Our latest bill, AB 864, known as the “Athletic Trainers Practice Act, was introduced by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner on February 22, 2013.
Currently, California is one of only two states in the entire country without a system of checks and balances to regulate the athletic training profession, meaning anyone can label him/herself an athletic trainer without holding the proper credentials or having the necessary education – giving consumer, athletes, parents and coaches a false sense of safety and leaving athletes at risk for injury or worse.
Nowhere else is this more crucial than at the primary and secondary school levels. As kids increasingly begin specializing in a particular sport there’s been a growing incidence of serious injuries and complications resulting from overuse and intensive over-training. And while colleges and universities and professional sports teams provide their athletes with access to a certified athletic trainer, there is a glaring misrepresentation present at the youth sports levels. Only 15 to 20 percent of California high schools have access to a certified athletic trainer.
While our ultimate goal is licensure of our profession, we aim to one day make it mandatory for every school to have a licensed athletic trainer on staff.
California Athletic Trainers Fight for Licensure to Keep Athletes Safe
Tommy and Beth Mallon are just two California individuals affected by the presence of an athletic trainer. Thankfully, their athletic trainer was fully qualified to respond to their life-threatening emergency. However, not all California athletes are so lucky. Watch their story here.