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AAOS Applauds House for Passing Bill to Provide Licensure Clarity for Sports Medicine Professionals
“Sports medicine professionals are integral to the operation of athletic teams around the country,” stated Thomas C. Barber, MD, Chair of the AAOS Council on Advocacy. “H.R. 921 ensures these professionals can treat injured athletes, whose medical histories they know well, across state lines without the fear of incurring great professional and financial loss. With timely access to the highest quality of care, athletes are then better able to return to their active lifestyle as soon as possible. We commend the House for approving this bill and we urge the Senate to do the same.”
Specifically, AAOS thanks Reps. Guthrie and Richmond for their leadership on this important issue and looks forward to working with Sens. Thune and Klobuchar to pass similar legislation in the Senate. In addition to AAOS, the legislation has gained support from provider groups including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American Medical Association (AMA), American Academy of Neurology, American College of Surgeons, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The bill has also received support from sports industry groups including the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
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