Preparing for DC 2013

February 14, 2013

I am preparing for Capitol Hill Day 2013 for the NATA. Excited is just the beginning. It is a great experience. This year is on the heels of the Youth Sports Safety Summit in which some remarkable things took place.

The NATA headed up the Youth Sports Safety Alliance and brought together all interested parties. An athlete bill of rights was discussed and assembled. Congress was asked to consider the athlete bill of rights. A petition to the White House was created to get a response on the need for appropriate healthcare for student-athletes.

There are less than 4k people concerned about providing appropriate healthcare for all student-athletes. Fifty-eight percent of schools do not provide access to an appropriate healthcare provider for their student-athletes. With concussions and other safety issues top of mind we can’t find 100,000 people that are willing to sign their name that we need to protect our student-athletes. How sad!

Athletic trainers are qualified and highly skilled healthcare professionals who work under a physician. In most states they are licensed to provide athletic training services, which include evaluation, management, rehabilitation, treatment, and return to play decisions. These skills are readily available to professional and collegiate athletes, but interscholastics is lacking. The general public often does not have the choice of provider because insurance companies are slow in recognizing what the AMA and other organizations have already acknowledged –

Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers (ATs), health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities.

Please sign the petition and share it with those that care about ensuring appropriate healthcare for student-athletes. Get involved in athletic training governmental affairs. It can only happen with numbers. I hope to see you in DC.

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