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Strategic Alliance Releases Statement: Legal and Ethical Responsibility to Report Unregulated Practice

The leadership of the Strategic Alliance, which includes the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE), the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), the NATA Research and Education Foundation  and the Board of Certification, Inc. (BOC), has concluded that it is necessary to issue a formal statement to remind institutions, employers, Athletic Trainers (ATs) and athletic training students that the practice of athletic training by unregulated  individuals must be reported to the appropriate regulatory authorities.  Just as unregulated practice is unethical and unprofessional, so is the failure to report this practice.  Regulatory mechanisms exist to protect the public and to ensure safe and effective athletic training practice. ATs have both a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the public from those who engage in the practice of athletic training without a proper authorization from a state regulatory agency. 

Joint Statement from the BOC, CAATE, NATA, and NATA Foundation Presidents regarding the process for examining the professional degree.

At times during the evolution of a profession like athletic training, key decisions are required and made to help advance that profession. Recent examples in the AT profession are the change away from the internship route to certification and the study of the name of the profession.  Currently, the profession is engaged in a discussion about the professional degree being offered at the baccalaureate and post−baccalaureate level.  There has been much conversation regarding this topic, so it is the intent of the Presidents of the Strategic Alliance members (BOC, CAATE, NATA, NATA Foundation) to communicate the current process to all stakeholders during this time of examination and public comment via this joint statement.