Friday, September 23, 2011

A favor on Friday!

Hello Friends & Colleagues!

Its Friday and I am sure you are very focused on this evening or weekends game.  I hope you’ve heard about the good news from the recent PATS Eblast - Our Licensure bill was granted first consideration in senate committee!

I am asking you to dedicate just 5-10 minutes of your Monday schedule to call a PA state senator and urge them to support SB 957 & 967 you will not believe how easy it is and how much it means to our profession. If you would appreciate greater respect as an athletic training healthcare professional, I would hope you can recruit at least three other Athletic Trainer’s to do the same.

Thank you in advance for your time,


Scott Dietrich
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Elmer Letterman


How to call your Senators

Step 1 - Find your PA Senators (find) and ask them to support  Senate Bill #957- Osteopathic Board & Senate Bill #967 MD's (TOMLINSON)

Step 2 - Call the PA Senator for your district
once you are connected; use the script below to express your support
Please select only 1or 2 bullet points – you do not need to read them all!!
Hello my name is [NAME] with [EMPLOYER’S NAME] and I am a constituent of Senator [NAME].

I am calling to express my support for Athletic Training Licensure legislation in the senate, which recently received first consideration approval in the senate appropriations committee.  The senate bills - SB 957 & SB 967 introduced by Senator Tomlinson establish licensure for Athletic Trainers (ATs).
Ø  Licensure is regarded as the highest form of regulation and would benefit and protect the general public of Pennsylvania.
Ø  Athletic Training is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health care profession.  ATs are already recognized in the Pennsylvania Medical Practice Act (of 1985) which is the law that relates to practicing medicine in PA in Section 51.1 which means the state does NOT need to create a new regulating body to oversee our profession
Ø  Athletic Training remains the only health care provider group who is “certified” and not “licensed” under the Pennsylvania State Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine.
Ø  Athletic Trainers working in the Commonwealth care for and enhance the health and welfare of our clients through prevention, recognition, management, and rehabilitation of injuries. There are approximately 3000 Certified Athletic Trainers practicing in Pennsylvania which is currently the largest number of ATs of any state in the nation.
Ø  Currently there are 39 states that regulate athletic trainers through licensure in the nation. In fact, Pennsylvania is 1 of only 5 states to be regulated through certification.

Again, I ask that you vote in support of SB 957 & SB 967 for this legislation will help preserve the health and safety of physically active youth and adults throughout our state.

Thank you!
** You might need to indicate that you want a response from the senator!
Step 3 - Complete the survey below, and tell us what they said.
PATS Legislative Response Google Survey -Link

Friday, September 2, 2011

Vote for NATA President BEFORE Sept 28th 2011!!

For the first time ever, we have an exceptional opportunity to put a PATS member into the position of NATA President!!
The NATA Presidential Election started, Thursday, September 1st and ends September 29th 2011 with long time PATS member and past District II Director, Jim Thornton, of Clarion University of Pennsylvania a final candidate. If elected, Jim would be the first PATS member or District II member to hold the position of NATA President.

You should receive an email today from the NATA with a unique registration code and instructions for casting your vote for your choice between Terry Noonan, MS, ATC, ART, or Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, PES. If you do not receive an email, please contact Holly McCauley at For more information about each of the candidates go to: