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92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT in relation to athletic trainers.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.  The  Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act
 5    is amended by changing Section 3 as follows:

 6        (225 ILCS 5/3) (from Ch. 111, par. 7603)
 7        Sec. 3.  Definitions.  As used in this Act:
 8        (1)  "Department" means the  Department  of  Professional
 9    Regulation.
10        (2)  "Director"   means   the  Director  of  Professional
11    Regulation.
12        (3)  "Board"  means  the  Illinois  Board   of   Athletic
13    Trainers appointed by the Director.
14        (4)  "Licensed  athletic trainer" means a person licensed
15    to practice athletic training under as defined  in  this  Act
16    and  with  the specific qualifications set forth in Section 9
17    of this  Act  who,  upon  the  direction  or  referral  of  a
18    physician  licensed  under  the Medical Practice Act of 1987,
19    carries  out  the  practice   of   prevention,   recognition,
20    evaluation,    management,    treatment,   disposition,   and
21    rehabilitation related to the care of athletes. of his or her
22    team physician  or  consulting  physician,  carries  out  the
23    practice    of    prevention/emergency   care   or   physical
24    reconditioning of injuries incurred by athletes participating
25    in  an  athletic  program   conducted   by   an   educational
26    institution,    professional    athletic   organization,   or
27    sanctioned  amateur  athletic  organization   employing   the
28    athletic  trainer;  or a person who, under the direction of a
29    physician, carries out  comparable  functions  for  a  health
30    organization-based  extramural  program  of athletic training
31    services  for  athletes.  Specific  duties  of  the  athletic
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 1    trainer include but are not limited to:
 2             A.  supervision  of  the  selection,  fitting,   and
 3        maintenance of protective equipment;
 4             B.  provision of assistance to the coaching staff in
 5        the   development   and  implementation  of  conditioning
 6        programs;
 7             C.  counseling of athletes on nutrition and hygiene;
 8             D.  supervision of athletic  training  facility  and
 9        inspection of playing facilities;
10             E.  selection  and  maintenance of athletic training
11        equipment and supplies;
12             F.  instruction and supervision of  student  trainer
13        staff;
14             G.  coordination with a team physician to provide:
15                  (i)  pre-competition  physical  exam and health
16             history updates,
17                  (ii)  game  coverage  or  phone  access  to   a
18             physician or paramedic,
19                  (iii)  follow-up injury care,
20                  (iv)  rehabilitation     and     reconditioning
21             programs, and
22                  (v)  assistance  on  all  matters pertaining to
23             the health and well-being of athletes; .
24             H.  provision of on-site injury care and  evaluation
25        as   well   as   appropriate   transportation,  follow-up
26        treatment  and  rehabilitation  as  necessary   for   all
27        injuries sustained by athletes in the program;
28             I.  with  a  physician,  determination  of  when  an
29        athlete   may   safely   return   to  full  participation
30        post-injury; and
31             J.  maintenance of complete and accurate records  of
32        all athletic injuries and treatments rendered.
33        To  carry  out  these  functions  the athletic trainer is
34    authorized to utilize modalities including, but  not  limited
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 1    to,  such as heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, exercise,
 2    therapeutic  massage,   mobilization,   or   mechanical   and
 3    assistive  devices  related  to  treatment and rehabilitation
 4    care and reconditioning.
 5        (5)  "Referral" means the guidance and  or  direction  to
 6    the  athletic  trainer  given  by  the  physician,  who shall
 7    maintain supervision of the athlete.
 8        (6)  "Athlete" means an individual  who  participates  in
 9    sports, athletic competitions or practices, fitness training,
10    conditioning,  or recreational activities, as determined by a
11    physician.
12    (Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

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