State Regulatory News
There was good news and bad news this summer for
Athletic Trainer regulation. Good news came out of the
Alaska and Louisiana legislatures, while California’s
governor was the bearer of bad news for the profession.
Alaska law now recognizes Athletic Trainers as healthcare
providers, thanks to the passage of a new licensure bill.
HB 160, signed by Gov. Sean Parnell on June 18, 2014,
requires ATs to be licensed in order to practice.
Alaska is the 49th state to regulate ATs. State licensure
establishes ATs as recognized healthcare professionals
who provide outreach, education and care. Alaska is
currently working to draft rules and regulations.
California’s Athletic Trainer title protection legislation,
passed by the Assembly and Senate, was vetoed by Gov.
Jerry Brown on July 18, 2014. AB 1890 had broad support
from both legislators and the public. Following the passage
of Alaska’s licensure bill, California remains the only state
to not regulate athletic training practice. The BOC looks
forward to future efforts in California to successfully
On June 4, 2014, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into
law Act No. 418, which requires that Athletic Trainers be
licensed by the state. This was the first major revision to
the state’s 1985 athletic training practice act. Prior to the
passage of Act No. 418, ATs were required to be certified,
rather than licensed, by the state of Louisiana. The new law
took effect August 1st.
Planning is underway for the 2015 BOC Athletic
Trainer Regulatory Conference (ATRC), a biannual
event designed to connect leaders and other members
of the athletic training and regulatory communities.
The conference will be July 10-11, 2015, in Omaha,
The ATRC Advisory Panel began planning at a July
meeting in Omaha. Panel members chose a theme
and reviewed outcomes and evaluations from the last
conference. The chosen theme for 2015, “Making
Regulation Work,” will guide conversation about current
state regulatory trends and issues. During the July
meeting, organizers discussed possible session topics for
the 2015 conference, including the following:
•;Updates from the major Athletic Trainer organizations,
including the BOC, CAATE and NATA
•;Scope of practice
•;Fine tuning statutes and rules/regulations
A preliminary program will be available in February or
March 2015. Anyone with an interest in state Athletic
Trainer regulation is encouraged to attend the conference.
2015 BOC State Reg Conference: ‘Making Regulation Work’
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell and bill supporters gather at
a signing ceremony for the state’s new AT licensure law.