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President Trump Signs Bill Extending Liability Protection to Athletic Trainers and Sports Medicine Professionals

By Doyice Cotten

The National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) has announced that President Trump (on October 5, 2018) signed the bipartisan Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (H.R 302/S. 808) into law. This is important because prior to this law, “many states had no legal protection for sports medicine professionals whose jobs often require travel outside of their primary state where they are licensed.” Medical liability insurance carriers did not cover activities performed outside of the professional’s primary state.

The Ohio H.B.143 Issue: Protect the Athlete or Protect the Coach

By Doyice Cotten

AthleticBusiness.com reported an article in The Columbus Dispatch regarding YMCA negative reaction to House Bill 143 which includes mandated concussion education and requires an authorized doctor to sign off before an athlete can return to play after a concussion. The bill provides some immunity provisions which YMCA official Beth Tsvetkoff terms as inadequate.

Tsvetkoff is reported to have said that, under this bill, a coach can be held legally liable if a court finds his or her actions were done to intentionally injure a youth.