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New California State Assembly Bill 864 Would Require Athletic Trainers to be Licensed

February 26, 2013 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

Bill Prevents Unqualified Individuals from Practicing a Health Care Profession 

SAN DIEGO – April 24, 2013 – In California, anyone can call him/herself an athletic trainer – no education or certification required – giving consumers, athletes and administrators a false sense of safety.

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) along with Assemblymember Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), wants California to do what 48 other states already do – regulate the athletic training profession. 

Passed with an affirmative 11 votes by the Assembly Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection (BPCP) yesterday and headed to the Appropriations Committee, AB 864, otherwise known as the “Athletic Training Practice Act,” is a cost-neutral bill that would regulate athletic trainers and prohibit any person without the proper credentials from engaging in the practice of athletic training.

“Athletic trainers save lives – it’s as simple as that,” said Mike West, president of the CATA. “But until the state acknowledges the important role we play, young athletes and others may continue to be at risk. They could be under the supervision of someone who may not be qualified to recognize or respond to a life-threatening injury or illness – and not even know it.”

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.

Recent studies show a significant increase in catastrophic injuries that have resulted in death or

permanent disability of youth athletes. From 2008 to 2011, at least 40 California students have died due to sports-related injuries – many of whom might have been saved if there had been a qualified athletic trainer on-site.

Dr. Cindy Chang, immediate past president for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and co-chair, California Concussion Coalition, Northern Chapter, said, “There is no question that this bill would help protect our young student athletes by ensuring that those providing medical care to these children, after they have suffered sports related trauma such as concussions, are properly trained and educated.” Chang also served as the head team physician, UC Berkeley from 1995 to 2008 and Chief Medical Officer for the 2012 US Olympic Team.

The bill is designed to be cost-neutral (meaning no cost would be passed onto taxpayers), with all fees associated with applications and renewals covering the costs of maintaining the bill. Essentially, athletic trainers will be paying for their own licensure. 

AB 864 would directly impact the safety of athletes and consumers by mandating specific requirements for licensure:

  • Must have completed athletic trainer certification eligibility requirements from an athletic training education program at a four-year college or university approved by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
  • Must pass a comprehensive nationally accredited certification exam approved by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
  • Must possess an emergency cardiac care certification
  • Pay application fees established by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee

The bill would also specify that a license expires in two years and is subject to renewal upon payment of a renewal fee and the completion of continuing education hours in order to keep athletic trainers’ knowledge and skills current.

About the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA):
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the provision of physical medicine and rehabilitation services, serving as physician extenders in the prevention, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses. The California Athletic Trainers’ Association (http://www.ca-at.org) represents and supports 2,200 members of the athletic training profession through communication and education.

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Is Football Right for Your Child?

August 7, 2012 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

Despite Recent Rule Changes Intended to Prevent Concussions, Serious Risks Remain

SAN DIEGO – August 7, 2012 – In just a matter of weeks, thousands of kids will put on their pads and helmets for the start of football practice. While recent changes to Pop Warner rules have outlawed head-to-head contact at full speed, head-on blocking and tackling drills during team practices, major risks still remain.

The outpouring of concussion concerns within youth football is growing with big names in the lead. Retired NFL quarterback and Super Bowl XXXIV’s Most Valuable Player Kurt Warner has labeled the notion of his two school-age sons playing football a “scary thing” and says he’d prefer they didn’t.

The paternal fears of Warner are shared by the majority of informed football parents struggling with the decision to allow their children to participate in “America’s Game.” Consider:

  • Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75% chance for concussion), according to the Sports Concussion Institute
  • Football players suffer the most brain injuries of any sport, as reported by The American Journal of Sports Medicine in July 2007
  • There are an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions in theUnited Statesevery year, leading The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to conclude that sports concussions in theUnited Stateshave reached an “epidemic level”

While these numbers are shocking, football remainsAmerica’s most popular sport. Because of this, every family must educate themselves about the risks associated with concussions and decide what is best for their children.

According to Michael West, president of the California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA), parents and coaches should be mindful of the following symptoms if a player is involved in a head to head collision on the field:

  • Headache and/or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling foggy
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Amnesia about the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of balance, unsteady walking

If a player displays any of these symptoms he/she should be removed from the game immediately and should abstain from participation in any contact sports until they’ve been fully evaluated by a certified athletic trainer if one is available. If it is determined that a concussion is likely, the athletic trainer will refer on to the family’s physician.

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the provision of physical medicine and rehabilitation services, serving as physician extenders in the prevention, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses.

More than stereotypical ankle tapers, a certified athletic trainer’s role goes beyond managing catastrophic injuries. These physical medicine specialists provide prevention, recognition, clinical assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and reconditioning of illnesses and injuries, like concussions, that are sustained during activity. In some cases, their on-site medical services, both preventative and immediate care, can make the difference between life and death.

About the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA):
The California Athletic Trainers Association (http://www.cata-usa.org) represents and supports 2,200 members of the athletic training profession through communication and education.

In October 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB 25, which establishes critically-needed return-to-play rules in school-sponsored sports. The bill sponsored by CATA places California among the states with the strongest laws to protect the health and safety of student athletes. Co-sponsored by the National Football League, AB 25 requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury.

New California State Assembly Bill Would Require Athletic Trainers to be Licensed

April 6, 2012 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Seeks State Licensure of the Profession 

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – April 6, 2012 – When a young athlete gets hurt, an athletic trainer sometimes has just seconds to assess the injury and decide on a course of action.

That decision can often be the difference between life and death – shouldn’t the person making the decisions be a licensed professional? Our young athletes deserve to be protected by professionals verified by the state to hold the education and skills necessary to keep our children safe.

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association (CATA) along with Senator Alan Lowenthal, want California to do what 47 other states already do – license the athletic training profession. 

Introduced on February 23, SB 1273, otherwise known as the “Athletic Trainers Practice Act,” would provide for the licensure and regulation of athletic trainers and prohibit any person without the proper credentials from engaging in the practice of athletic training without a license.

The bill is designed to be cost-neutral, (meaning it won’t cost taxpayer’s any money), with all costs associated with licensure applications and renewals covering the costs of maintaining the bill. Essentially, athletic trainers will be paying for their own licensure.

“Athletic trainers save lives, it’s as simple as that,” says Mike West, President of the CATA. “But until the state acknowledges the important role we play, young athletes will continue to be at risk, under the supervision of someone who may not actually be qualified to recognize or respond to a life-threatening injury or illness.”

Despite the vital role athletic trainers play in the safety of our young athletes, California does not currently require licensure of athletic trainers and is in fact, one of only three states that doesn’t even regulate the profession, meaning anyone can label him/herself an athletic trainer without holding the proper credentials – giving athletes, parents and coaches a false sense of safety and leaving athletes at risk for injury, even death.

“Worse, out of state individuals who were not able to obtain licensure, or who lost their license can, come to CA and practice,” added West.

Nowhere else is this more crucial than at the 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.

Recent studies show a significant increase in catastrophic injuries that have resulted in death or permanent disability of youth athletes. In the past three years, over 36 California high school students have died due to sports-related injuries – many of which might have been saved if there had been a qualified athletic trainer.

SB 1273 would directly impact the safety of athletes by mandating these specific requirements for licensure:

  • Must have completed athletic trainer certification eligibility requirements from an athletic training education program at a four-year college or university approved by the committee.
  • Must pass a comprehensive nationally accredited certification exam approved by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee
  • Must possess an emergency cardiac care certification
  • Pay application fees established by the Athletic Training Licensing Committee

The bill would also specify that a license expires in two years and is subject to renewal upon payment of a renewal fee and the completion of continuing education hours in order to keep their knowledge and skills current.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure we provide our kids a safe environment to participate in athletics,” says Lowenthal. “By licensing athletic trainers, parents coaches, players and school administrators can be assured that the athletic trainer looking after a student’s safety has the specific medical education and hands-on experience needed to respond to emergency and non-emergency situations.”

About the California Athletic Trainers Association (CATA):

Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the provision of physical medicine and rehabilitation services, serving as physician extenders in the prevention, assessment and treatment of acute and chronic injuries and illnesses. The California Athletic Trainers Association (http://www.ca-at.org) represents and supports 2,200 members of the athletic training profession through communication and education

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October 12, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

CARDIAC ARREST: NOT JUST AN ADULT PROBLEM

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Says Schools Need to be Prepared for Cardiac Emergencies

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California Athletic Trainers’ Association Offers Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat

June 28, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – May, 2011 – Summer is here and that means hot temperatures and high humidity – both serious concerns to people of all ages who enjoy spending time outdoors.

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New California State Assembly Bill Would Require Athletic Trainers to be Licensed

February 22, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Seeks State Regulation of the Profession

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – February 22, 2011 – When a young athlete gets hurt, an athletic trainer sometimes has just seconds to assess the injury and decide on a course of action.

That decision can often be the difference between life and death – shouldn’t the person making the decisions be a licensed professional? Our young athletes deserve to be protected by professionals verified by the state to hold the education and skills necessary to keep our children safe. Read more »

Heat Illness Safety

February 3, 2011 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

NATIONAL ATHLETIC TRAINING MONTH
YOUTH SPORTS SAFETY CRISIS PREVENTION: HEAT ILLNESS
The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Warns about the Dangers of Heat Illness in Youth Athletes.

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New CIF Guidelines

September 1, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Responds to the California Interscholastic Federations New Concussion Guidelines

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Protecting Against Heat Stroke

July 1, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

Too Hot to Handle: Heat Stroke can Cause Permanent Damage to Internal Organs. The California Athletic Trainers’ Association Provides Tips on How to Recognize, Treat and Prevent Heat Stroke.

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Athletic Trainers of the Year

April 5, 2010 - no comments. Posted by in Press Releases.

The California Community College Athletic Trainers’ Association (CCCATA) Honors Athletic Trainer’s for Life-Saving Care.

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