Pennsylvania law limits athletic trainers to working exclusively with athletes. This outdated restriction is detrimental to the people and hinders the full potential of trainers. It is time for a change.
Trainers stepped up when school buildings were closed, sports participation was halted, and the demand for health care was critical during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s temporary waivers enabled them to work with patient populations beyond athletes.
Trainers successfully treated individuals from various backgrounds without any negative outcomes. This highlighted the crucial role athletic trainers can play in the broader health care system.
Pennsylvania boasts the highest number of athletic training programs in the country. Their standards address working with patients who are not traditional athletes.
Pennsylvania is losing talented graduates to states that allow them to work to their fullest capabilities. This hampers the growth and development of our health care workforce and deprives Pennsylvanians of expert care.
Some are opposing this modernization based on a sense of turf protection rather than concern for patient welfare. By allowing trainers to work with people other than athletes, we can enhance the accessibility and quality of health services.
It is time for Pennsylvania to allow athletic trainers to work with people other than athletes.
This would align with what other states do, allow Pennsylvania to retain more of its quality graduates and improve the overall health care landscape.
Let’s embrace progress and provide the necessary support for athletic trainers to fulfill their potential and help all Pennsylvanians.
President, Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society
Source: Berkshire mont