Essential Information and Resources


FREE Online Concussion Education - PATS has partnered with Sport Safety International to provide “Concussion Wise™” an online concussion education program designed for athletic trainers, coaches, parents, athletes and other health care professionals. The courses are FREE for coaches, parents, and athletes and can be found at The partnership coincides with the Governor’s signing of the “Safety in Youth Sports Act”, an Act establishing standards for managing concussions and traumatic brain injuries. At the completion of the course, learners will receive a completion certificate.

Online Cardiac Education - Sport Safety International is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society to offer CardiacWise, a first-of-its-kind online education program designed to educate coaches and others involved in sports and physical activity on the prevention of sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in young athletes.  Knowing the risk factors, as well as what to look for both on and off the field can help save a life.  This course is a MUST for coaches at all levels!



The Medical Practice Act & The Osteopathic Medical Practice Act. These Laws grant Athletic Trainers the ability to practice athletic training in PA and establish the definitions for athletic trainers (Section 51.1 and 7.1). **These Acts will be updated consistent with the athletic training licensure bills (Senate Bills 957 / 967) which were signed by Governor Corbett on December 22nd, 2011 as Act 123 and Act 124. These Acts officially became law on February, 20th, 2012 and recognize athletic trainers officially as LICENSED health care professionals within the Commonwealth.

Athletic Trainer’s Rules and Regulations

State Board of Medicine and the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine Rules and Regulations. These documents further define the certification and practice standards of athletic trainers (Subchapter H). They were adopted July 13, 2007, and effective July 14, 2007. The Rules and Regulations are in revision by the PA State Board of Medicine and State Board of Osteopathic Medicine secondary to the passage of Acts 123 and 124(Athletic Training Licensure)

ACT 101:  Safety in Youth Sports Act

ACT 59:  Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act

ACT 123:  Osteopathic Medical licensure bill

ACT 124:  Medical licensure bill

ACT 31 Mandated Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Continuing Education Providers

Concussion Law Info from PA Dept. of Health

Sudden Cardiac Info from PA Dept. of Health


PIAA Preseason Heat-Acclimatization Guidelines: Common Question & Answers

Guide to AT Services

PATS Conflict of Interest Policy

PATS Whistleblower Protection Policy

A History of State Legislative Accomplishment "The Pennsylvania Story"
by Steve Heckler


American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Position Stand

Neurology Now "A new game plan"

PBS documentary on injuries in high school football.  It features athletic trainers discussing athletic injuries in a very positive manner and is a fascinating and troubling look at high school football.  You can watch the entire video (about an hour) online here:



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