Mandating athletic trainers in high schools
[The scope of work described herein shall not be construed as author- izing the reconditioning of neurologic injuries, conditions or disease.] § 3. A state committee for athletic trainers shall be appointed by the board of regents, upon the recommendation of the commissioner and shall assist on matters of [certification] PROFESSIONAL LICENSING and professional conduct in accordance with section six thousand five hundred eight of this title.Section 8353 of the education law, as added by chapter 798 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: § 8353. Only a person [certified] LICENSED or otherwise authorized under this article shall PRACTICE ATHLETIC TRAINING OR use the title "[certified] athletic trainer" OR THE ABBREVIATION "AT". Section 8354 of the education law, as added by chapter 798 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: S. The committee shall consist of [five] SEVEN members [who], FIVE OF WHOM are athletic trainers [certified] LICENSED in this state, ONE PRACTICING PHYSICIAN WHO IS LICENSED IN THIS STATE TO PRACTICE AS AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON, A PRIMARY CARE/FAMILY PRACTICE PHYSICIAN, A SPORTS MEDICINE PRACTITIONER, OR A NEUROLOGIST, AND ONE PUBLIC MEMBER THAT IS A CONSUMER OF THE PROFESSION.[Notwithstanding the forego- ing, the members of the first committee need not be certified prior to their appointment to the committee.] § 5.Section 8355 of the education law, as added by chapter 798 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: § 8355.
[For certification as a certified] TO QUALIFY FOR A LICENSE AS AN athletic trainer under this article, an applicant shall fulfill the following requirements: 1.It needs to be updated to reflect the evolution of the profession of Athletic Training including the increased knowledge base, capabilities, and abilities of Athletic Trainers.The pursuit of licensure is solely to protect the public.These amendments update existing law that certify Athlet- ic Trainers (ATs) while maintaining the requirement that ATs perform under the supervision of physicians.
The bill establishes licensure for Athletic Trainers and expands the definition of Athletic Training.
SUPERVISION BY A PHYSICIAN SHALL BE CONTINUOUS BUT SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS REQUIRING THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF THE SUPERVISING PHYSICIAN AT THE TIME AND PLACE WHERE SUCH SERVICES ARE PERFORMED. THE SCOPE OF WORK DESCRIBED IN THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AUTHORIZING THE MANAGEMENT AND TREATMENT OF ACUTE, SUBACUTE, OR CHRONIC NEUROLOGICAL PATHOLOGIES AND COMORBIDITIES OR NEUROLOGICAL DISEASE PROCESSES WITH THE EXCEPTION OF INITIAL EVALUATION AND TRIAGE OF EMERGENT NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS POTENTIAL CONCUSSIONS, SPINAL CORD INJURIES OR NERVE INJURIES RESULTING FROM PARTICIPATION IN AN ATHLETIC ENDEAVOR, WHILE TRAINING, ENGAGING IN PERFORMING ARTS, PUBLIC PROTECTION OR EMERGENCY SERVICES, OR DURING ADAPTIVE ATHLETICS.