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Bill Allows Athletic Trainers to Do More to Help Injured or Ill Athletes

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A bill that allows athletic trainers to do more in their jobs is awaiting Gov. Mike DeWine's signature to become law. The current bill has not been updated in 30 years.

Ohio’s law that spells out what athletic trainers can and cannot do hasn’t been updated for 30 years. But a new bill that does just that is close to becoming law.

Most of the more than 2,300 state-licensed athletic trainers have master’s degrees and have undergone training to immediately respond to life-threatening situations. Yet Republican Rep. Rick Carfagna (R-Genoa Township) says they haven’t been allowed to administer basic life-saving treatments when seconds count.

“Despite having the training to successfully administer an IV, a trainer must wait for an EMT to arrive, potentially to the detriment of a patient. And despite having the necessary pharmacological training to provide over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, the current practice act prohibits this," Carfagna said.

The bill overwhelmingly passed the House and Senate. It’s now heading to Gov. Mike DeWine for his signature.
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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.