Proposed Legislation

AB 1890 Changed to Title Protection: What this means.

AB 1890 has been changed to title protection for many reasons. Many of which are out of our control and have to do with events happening at the Capitol and elsewhere that were unforeseen and are affecting the status of other bills. This decision was made because licensure would not have had the support it needed this year without attaining title protection first, as title protection is being viewed as a prerequisite for licensure.

Therefore, title protection will be our focus this year so that we can move onto licensure in the near future. This will protect the title of “Athletic Trainer”, “AT”, “Certified Athletic Trainer”, “ATC” and anything relating to those names. This means that someone who has not gone through the proper education and certification will no longer be able to call themselves an athletic trainer. Passing this bill will still be a massive step forward for athletic trainers in California and an important step towards licensure.

The letters already sent will still be counted as support for AB 1890 and the bill will still be heard on Tuesday April 29th. We will continue to need your support and dedication to get title protection passed.

We are making good progress and know that together we will continue to make progress.  This decision was not easy and in no way taken lightly. The leadership team, along with our lobbying firm and our author (Assemblyman Chau) chose the direction that gives us the best possibility for ultimate success in attaining licensure. Thanks for all of your passion and dedication, your support at this time is very important to us. Our work continues…

AB 1890 Introduced on February 19, 2014

On February 19, 2014, the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) with Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-
Monterey Park), introduced AB 1890 now known as the “Title Protection for Athletic Trainers.”

AB 1890 would regulate athletic trainers and prohibit any person without the proper credentials from calling themselves an athletic trainer.

Athletic trainers are uniquely qualified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists who work at schools, hospitals, military facilities, clinics, corporations and more. They provide acute injury treatment, a continuum of care from injury and illness prevention and return-to-activity clearance for athletes and other physically active individuals.

Despite the vital role athletic trainers play in our safety, the lack of regulation creates a great risk that people who have lost or are unable to obtain licensure in other states will come to California to practice, putting the public in danger and degrading the standards of the profession as a whole.

Nowhere else is this more crucial than at the secondary school levels. As kids begin to specialize in a particular sport there has been a growing incidence of serious injuries and complications resulting from overuse and intensive over-training. AB 1890 would ensure that the athletic trainer working with children at schools are who they say they are and have the proper education.

 

 

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