Athletic trainers are sports medicine professionals. They are trained to prevent injuries. They are highly trained and regularly practice to take care of medical emergencies. They are highly trained concussion professionals. They also rehabilitate athletic injuries and help get athletes back into competition as quickly and SAFELY as possible. Why are athletic trainers not on the sidelines at EVERY youth athletic contest? They should be, they need to be, but majority of time they are not.
We had a federal petition that was started about a month ago that was seeking to help protect the safety of our youth athletes **(petition failed). Unfortunately, we fell well short on the number of signatures needed. It wasn’t because people don’t see a need for our youth athletes to have the medical care they need and deserve. But merely because not enough people would take the time to read, sign, and share the petition.
Well, we have a second chance. A new petition has been started right on the heels of the first. Some of you may have already signed the first, and we thank you, but we need you to sign again. For those of you that didn’t sign the first petition, and unfortunately this includes many athletic trainers, now is the time for you to do so. And don’t just sign, please make sure you share it with others. It only takes a couple minutes to register (and they do not send you any junk email or anything else after registering), sign, copy link and paste it to social media or email. It’s quick, easy, and painless.
So please sign today! **(petition failed)