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Pennsylvania More Than Doubles the National Average of High School Sports Teams Which Have Access to an Athletic Trainer
Date:9/23/2013

a clinical setting. Approximately 11% of the school officials reported using athletic training services on a part time basis. Of particular interest was the number one reason reported for not employing an athletic trainer was a lack of finances. The researchers hope to continue this study during this academic year and branch out to alternative, charter, technical, and magnet schools.

Over the last few years, Pennsylvania legislators have placed a focus on the health care that scholastic athletes are receiving with the signing of the Youth Sport Safety Act in November of 2011 and the signing of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Law in May 2012. Most recently the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (PIAA) established minimal guidelines for high schools related to heat acclimatization conditioning. Due to an increased spotlight on issues of heat and cardiac related illness and concussion evaluation, management and treatment secondary schools have begun focusing of who can provide the most appropriate health care for its student-athletes. Athletic Trainers are health care professional who are the perfect fit to ensure the sports safety of student- athletes at the secondary school level. They can ensure that these student-athletes are receiving the intend care outlined in the laws and guidelines mentioned.

At the national level, “The Secondary School Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights" was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives on February 15th by Rep. Jim Gerlach (PA-6). The document encourages athletes, parents, coaches, and health care professionals to take a proactive approach towards improving the health and athletic experiences of the nation’s approximately 7.7 million secondary school athletes, with more
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