NO. R-88.  House concurrent resolution designating March as National Athletic Training Month.

(H.C.R.53)

Offered by:  Representative Atkins of Winooski.

Whereas, quality health care is vital for individuals involved in physical activity, and

Whereas, certified athletic trainers are committed to educating Vermonters who participate in a variety of sports concerning ways to avoid, or at least minimize, injuries related to a specific activity, and

Whereas, certified athletic trainers have a long history of providing quality health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity based on the knowledge and skills acquired through their nationally regulated educational processes, and

Whereas, utilizing their specialized skill, certified athletic trainers assist in the prevention of athletic injuries, and if an injury does occur, they are able to correctly evaluate the problem and develop a successful, and if required, aggressive, treatment program, and

Whereas, in 1990, the American Medical Association recognized athletic training as an allied health care profession, and

Whereas, the National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports the more-than-30,000 members, including Vermonters, who provide important medical services at professional sporting events, collegiate competitions, hospitals and clinics, and in corporate settings, and 

Whereas, leading organizations concerned with athletic training and health care have joined to raise public awareness of the importance of the athletic training profession, and to emphasize the importance of quality health care for athletes and those engaged in physical activity, and

Whereas, this educational effort will improve health care for these individuals and promote certified athletic trainers as an allied health profession, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates March as National Athletic Training Month, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Athletic Trainers’ Association.