SAFE PLAY (Supporting Athletes, Families and
Educators to Protect the Lives of Athletic Youth) Act
The SAFE PLAY Act recommends a multidisciplinary
approach to research and federal support to ensure student
athletes’ safety in schools. Introduced in the U.S. Senate and
U.S. House on February 10, 2015, the SAFE PLAY Act has
been referred to committee by both bodies.
NATA supports the SAFE PLAY Act and summarizes it
This legislation specifically helps school districts develop
and implement concussion safety and management
teams and plans and encourages increased surveillance
efforts for life-threatening cardiac conditions in children.
The bill also directs the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) to recommend guidelines
for the development of emergency action plans; create
and distribute information on health risks linked to
excessive heat and humidity; and develop information
and guidelines on energy drink consumption.
Follow this bill in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate: H.R. 829
/ S. 436
Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act
The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act clarifies medical
liability rules for Athletic Trainers and medical professionals
to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice
insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state.
Medical liability insurance does not cover ATs who travel with
their teams to another state if they are not licensed in that
state. NATA, in voicing support for the bill, said ATs “must
choose between either treating injured athletes at great
professional risk or abandoning the teams to whom they
provide care. Congress must pass legislation that provides
legal protection for Athletic Trainers and other sports
medicine professionals who deliver care to athletic teams
across state lines.”
The bill was introduced in the U.S House in February and in
the U.S. Senate in March. It has been referred to committee
by both bodies.
Follow this bill: H.R. 921 / S. 689
Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights
The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights
establishes 10 best practices for making secondary school
athletics safer. It was introduced in the U.S. House and U.S.
Senate in February. Both bodies have referred the resolution
Only a few days are left to register for the 2015 BOC
Athletic Trainer Regulatory Conference! The conference
will be July 10-11, in Omaha, Nebraska. The event is
dedicated to growing a communication network among
AT leadership and state regulatory agencies. This year’s
theme is “Advancing Regulation in Your World.” The event
is open to all with an interest in athletic training regulation
and will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more
about how states regulate the profession.
Fees are $200 for general attendees and $100 for
Registration is due June 15th. To see the agenda or to
register, visit www.bocatc.org/conference.
See You at this Summer’s BOC Regulatory Conference,
Where We Will Be ‘Advancing Regulation in Your World’