CPTA AB864 Fact Sheet–Where are the Facts?

May 20, 2013

Silly me, I thought a “fact sheet” was supposed to contain facts. But the so-called “fact sheet” that the California Physical Therapy Association posted on its website is full of mistruths and opinions. Let’s address a few of them right now!

  • The CPTA says that the current laws “protect athetes by the regulation of various professionals and vocations who serve the athletic population.” Umm.. which one of those professionals who are regulated are athletic healthcare specialists? Oh wait, NONE of them.
  • The CPTA says that “license athletic trainers is an unnecessary burden on the athletic training industry.” Burden on the athletic training industry? Or on the physical therapy industry? Well, really it’s not a burden on anybody. It’s there to protect the athletes. The same athletes the CPTA claims are already protected.
  • The CPTA claims the bill is “very expansive and does not match up with the education and training of athletic trainers.” It also claims “the athletic trainer is educated to treat the well-healthy athlete, not patients.” This shows the CPTA is confusing athletic trainers with personal trainers. Simply because they are choosing to do so!
  • The CPTA claims “the supervision of an athletic trainer is not sufficient.” According to them, this would lead to “athletes potentially suffering more injuries from receiving treatment from individuals who lack the proper education and training and subsequently apply the correct protocol.” Once again, the CPTA is claiming athletic trainers are no more than fitness professionals or coaches without a clue. They forget the national certification, extensive hours of clinical experience, and the fact that athletic trainers are already licensed as healthcare providers in MANY states!
  • The CPTA claims that “the ability to diagnose is well outside the scope and training of an athletic trainer.” This particular point was discussed over Twitter this weekend among a few athletic trainers. I’ll stick to what I was always taught in that athletic trainers don’t diagnose injuries but rather assess and evaluate those injuries.
  • The CPTA says that “many athletic trainers went through an internship route therefore they don’t have the education to handle what this practice act says.” But in its next point, the CPTA says that “healthcare professionals such as physical therapists, who are trained at the doctoral level, should be exempt from required licensure.” I’d be interested to know what percentage of PTs possess a DPT compared to a bachelors or a masters. But I’d guess that the CPTA wouldn’t treat them any different and believe they should all be exempt.

So how much does the California Physical Therapy Association even know about Athletic Training? They’ve shown time and time again that their knowledge-base related to athletic trainers and athletic training is slim.

If you’d like to read exactly what the CPTA says, you can do so here…



One Response to “CPTA AB864 Fact Sheet–Where are the Facts?”

  1. Joel Says:

    As an athletic trainer, I can agree with this…but with that said, I have met athletic trainers out there who have completely misdiagnosed or “assessed” and injury that should’ve been an easy identification had she done the the right tests/done testing correctly. Leaves me to believe that she would be lost with a rehab program as well…which is our biggest issue when it comes to this fight against PTs. Our industry is so inconsistent with the level of knowledge ATCs possess. now I only have my BS, but I put in the work to stay up with the most up to date treatments techniques, management protocols, etc, etc. so I could do what a PT does any day, in my opinion. I’m very fortunate in that I work with PTs that see us as great additions. I’ve been asked numerous times for assistance with a program, and when it comes to my athletes, I can pretty much have them do whatever I feel fit because the PTs I work with understand our job. And just to answer your question, all PTs today that are in school must graduate with a DPT. no PTs can practice with just a bachelors or masters degree

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