rules and regulations set forth what an AT may perform and who
may label himself/herself as an AT. This scope of practice differs
from state to state. It is the responsibility of each AT to provide
the BOC and/or appropriate regulatory board with information
about anyone who may be practicing illegally. This may include
not being credentialed by the state agency (e.g., licensed or
registered), acting outside of their scope of practice or falsely
using the ATC® credential. We must regulate ourselves before a
negative event occurs. This not only promotes our profession
and the education and training we have, but also protects the
hard earned credential. While the BOC protects the trademarked
ATC® certification mark when it is infringed upon, the BOC may
not know to investigate an individual suspected to be violating the
use of the mark or the scope of practice until a complaint is
received. The investigation process can be started by simply
going to the BOC website, downloading the complaint form and
submitting it to the committee.
BOC Launches New Website
Have you visited the BOC website lately? If so, you may have
noticed that we re-designed the website for easier readability and
better navigation. We identified areas of the website used
frequently and created a more user-friendly home page. The
BOC website is an informational tool with specific sections and
links of interest for ATs, candidates, BOC Approved Providers,
program directors, BOC board and committees as well as the
public. Check out the BOC’s new website design at the same
web address www.bocatc.org.
For the benefit of all, I cannot emphasize more emphatically the
need for every AT to report violations to your state regulatory
board or the BOC. As stated above, ATs are one of the
stakeholders receiving protection from the BOC; in return, we
have a responsibility for doing our part to protect that benefit.
Peter Koehneke, MS, ATC, BOC President
Welcome Jan Lauer to the BOC Board
Congratulations to Jan C. Lauer, MA, ATC, CSCS, on her recent
appointment in to the BOC Board of Directors. To read the official
announcement, click here for the press release.
Board of Directors Election This Fall
The BOC Nominating Committee is accepting applications from
ATs interested in serving as an Athletic Trainer Director on the
BOC Board of Directors.
In past years, we have highlighted areas the board feels are
under-represented. The same is true this year. The board
encourages ATs who have experience practicing in a secondary
school setting to consider applying.
If you are interested in submitting your name as a potential
candidate, please visit the BOC website. The application, bylaws
and a detailed job description outlining the qualifications,
responsibilities and time commitment can be found under the
Board of Directors tab.
Applications, resumes and additional information will be reviewed
by the Nominating Committee. Then, the Nominating Committee
will conduct interviews to select the slate of candidates who will
be placed on the election ballot that will be presented to ATs at