Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Medicine
Regulations Governing the Licensure of Athletic Trainers [18 VAC 85 ‑ 120]
Result of periodic review
Action 5170
General Information
Action Summary The Advisory Board on Athletic Training conducted a periodic review of regulations for athletic trainers. In the course of the review, questions were raised by several athletic trainers in attendance about the meaning of the requirement for “direction” by a physician. Direction is specified in the statutory definition of the practice of athletic training (§ 54.1-2900) but not further defined in regulation. "Practice of athletic training" means the prevention, recognition, evaluation, and treatment of injuries or conditions related to athletic or recreational activity that requires physical skill and utilizes strength, power, endurance, speed, flexibility, range of motion or agility or a substantially similar injury or condition resulting from occupational activity immediately upon the onset of such injury or condition; and subsequent treatment and rehabilitation of such injuries or conditions under the direction of the patient's physician or under the direction of any doctor of medicine, osteopathy, chiropractic, podiatry, or dentistry, while using heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, exercise or mechanical or other devices. The National Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer has recently adopted model language for regulation. The definition of “direction” recommended by the Advisory Board and adopted by the Board is consistent with the definition in model rules and consistent with current practice that is in accordance with the law.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [005716]
Result of Prior Periodic Review Filed 4/30/2018
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8452 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/08/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Erin Barrett  / Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
Address: Perimeter Center
9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
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