Athletic Trainers are skilled health care professionals trained in the prevention, emergency management, evaluation, and therapeutic interventions of sports related injuries and conditions.
The Louisiana Athletic Trainers Law was enacted in 1985. To practice athletic training in the State of Louisiana, an individual must meet specialized educational requirements and pass the national exam of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification. In addition, one must meet the provisions of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners (LSBME) and be certified by the LSBME Board
No person shall hold himself out to the public, any public educational institution, any athletic organization, or any individual student, amateur, or professional athlete as a certified athletic trainer in the state of Louisiana, nor identify or designate himself as such, nor use in connection with his name the letters, "CAT" or "ATC," or any other words, letters, abbreviations, insignia, or signs tending to indicate or imply that the person is a certified athletic trainer, unless he is currently certified by the LSBME Board as a certified athletic trainer.
No person shall undertake to perform or actually perform, for compensation or other remuneration, the activities of an athletic trainer, as defined in the law. unless he/she is currently certified by the LSBME board as a certified athletic trainer, as evidenced by a certificate duly issued by the board.
The Athletic Trainer's Law was revised during the 2014 Legislative Session. ACT 418 was signed into Law effective August 1, 2014: