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BOC Board Spends Capitol Hill Day Advocating for Athletic Trainers

On June 22, Executive Director Denise Fandel and the BOC Board members spent some time in Washington D.C. advocating for Athletic Trainers. This was all part of Capitol Hill Day held prior to the NATA 67th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo on June 23-25.

The major legislation discussed in Capitol Hill visits included The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act and The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights.

The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act involves protecting Athletic Trainers (ATs) who provide services in a secondary state. Many states do not provide legal protection for ATs who travel to another state with an athletic team solely to provide care for that team. Learn more about The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act here.

The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights helps to improve the health and safety of our youth athletes. It contains 10 best practices that any school in the country can implement to make their student athletes safer. The document also encourages secondary schools to take all available and reasonable efforts to ensure student athlete safety. Learn more about The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights here.

Pictured are, front row, from left: Kimberly Detwiler, Athletic Trainer Director-Elect; Susan McGowen, President; and Denise Fandel, BOC Executive Director; and back row, from left: Patrick Sexton, Athletic Trainer Director; Rusty McKune, Athletic Trainer Director; and Jim Malseed, Athletic Trainer Director.

Pictured are, from left: Rusty McKune, Athletic Trainer Director; Heather Voorman, Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Brad Ashford; and Danielle Kleber, President of Nebraska State Athletic Trainers' Association.