Feb 16, 2022
New York ATCs Push for Updated Bill to Improve Safety

Since 1992, athletic trainers across New York State have been pushing for updated regulations that control what they can and cannot do.

Many cite the evolving duties, training procedures, and capabilities that ATCs now possess as the reason for the updated regulations. A recent story from WGRZ.com highlighted the industry’s push for updates that will ultimately benefit the health and safety of student-athletes.

new yorkBelow is an excerpt from the WGRZ.com article.

Ryan Krzyanowicz is the program director for the Athletic Training Program at the University at Buffalo. He says it’s about time for the state to step up. The fact is, there just aren’t enough athletic trainers at the secondary school level.

“We’ve been working on this licensure bill for quite some times,” Krzyanowicz says. “We have brand new accreditation standards that came out and states that all degrees for athletic training must be at the masters level.”

New York’s current bill doesn’t reflect that. In fact, New York is one of only four states that doesn’t require athletic trainers to have a license.

Krzyanowicz believes that should change.

“We’re really elevating the educational level of what athletic trainers are and what they can do. That should be reflected within our bill for the state,” Krzyanowicz said. “We really are the best people to be evaluating them after an injury. But also we can help prevent injuries from happening.”

According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, one-third of athletes in secondary schools compete without the help of an athletic trainer.

“All high schools should have an athletic trainer because what happens when they don’t and a student-athlete gets injured? Who evaluates them? Is it that mom from the stands? Well, that could be a liability issue? Is it the coach? Same thing, that could be a liability issue,” Krzyanowicz continues.

To read the full article from WGRZ.com, click here

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