Governmental Affairs involvement includes overseeing all legislative activity within the state or federal government relating to athletic training – with the overall goal of advancing the profession. This may incorporate:
- Monitoring bills on the state and national levels that involve athletic training, as well as monitoring trends and efforts within the profession
- Organizing and carrying out lobbying efforts in the state, as well as contributing to national lobbying efforts
- Working with other committees (i.e. public relations) to disseminate pertinent information to members
- Collaborating with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and other states to help in meeting these missions
You are a leader in the profession and your actions along with utilizing the following resources will help to protect the public we serve.
The athletic training profession also may be affected by legislative changes at the federal level.
U.S. House Resolution 72, supporting the goals and ideals of the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights, was introduced and referred to committee in February 2013. Though the resolution’s future is uncertain, activity for H. Res. 72 is tracked here
In addition to supporting the Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights, the resolution calls for the following:
- Recognition of the importance of proper safety measures, timely medical assessment and appropriate environmental conditions in ensuring the health and well-being of secondary school student athletes
- Recognition of the role that teachers, parents, coaches, and athletic health care team members play in ensuring the safety and well-being of secondary school student athletes
- Expression of support for secondary schools that have successfully implemented programs, policies and practices to emphasize and encourage student athlete safety and well-being
- Encouraging of secondary schools to continue to take all available and reasonable efforts to ensure student athlete safety
In addition to the BOC, other national organizations are concerned with regulatory activity as it pertains to the athletic training profession. Links to some of these organizations are provided below:
- American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is a multi-disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of more than 2,100 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.
The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty, but the AMSSM also includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine, serve as full-time team physicians or specialize in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams, or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- STOP Sports Injuries
The development of the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries campaign was initiated by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and now includes numerous partnering organizations. STOP’s public outreach program addresses overuse, trauma and professional expertise.
- Korey Stringer Institute
The Korey Stringer Institute works to provide information, resources, assistance and advocacy for the prevention of sudden death in sport, especially as it relates to exertional heat stroke in the physically active community.
- Youth Sports Safety Alliance
The Youth Sports Safety Alliance (YSSA) aims to raise awareness, advance legislation and improve medical care for young athletes across the country. The YSSA was established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and includes more than 70 member organizations.