Legislation urges California to require licensure of athletic trainers

Forty-nine states, as well as the District of Columbia, require athletic trainers to be licensed and certified, including those that work at high schools.

California is the odd man out in this scenario, and Assemblymember Matt Dababneh is hoping to improve prep athletes’ safety with a bill that will be heard in the California State Assembly and Senate in 2018.

Dababneh introduced Assembly Bill 1510, known as the Athletic Training Practice Act, earlier this year with the goal to make sure that athletic trainers that work with high school athletes are licensed, as well as creating the Athletic Trainer Licensing Committee within the California Board of Occupational Therapy.

The Korey Stringer Institute of the University of Connecticut ranked California second to last for its level of preparedness or the amount of safeguards it has in place in regard to high school athletes’ safety to prevent catastrophic injury or sudden death.

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