Vote on election day

October 31, 2012

I have already urged you to register to vote and the importance of voting. As Bob Schiffer’s mom always said, “go vote.”

You have the privilege and the responsibility to elect those that will represent you. The fact that we can cast our vote and be represented at the federal, state, and local levels is something that is somewhat unique. We live in a democracy.

For all of the headaches of listening to the political ads for the last few months, we can now make an informed decision about the leaders who will direct policy during their term. You need to have some say in that. It is your responsibility and your freedom at work there.

As an athletic trainer there are several issues that I am concerned about and will be paying attention. First of all there are states that continue to seek regulation in any form for athletic trainers. Also, there are states that are seeking to improve the current regulation (seeking licensure or reforming language so that it is in line with the practice needs of professionals). Many states will also be looking at athlete safety legislation next year. At the federal level there are numerous issues that are at stake for athletic trainers, including improving athlete safety. I would be remiss if I did not mention the CMS issue that we, as a profession, have been hampered by for over a decade.

There are other issues that I am concerned about personally, but we need to consider each candidate and how they will represent us. I would ask you to take the few minutes that is necessary to go to the polls on Tuesday, November 6 to vote.

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