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Hit the Hill- Wednesday, March 6th

KATS Call to Action
Hello KATS members.  Wednesday, March 6th is our annual Hit the Hill Capitol Advocacy Day.  Athletic Trainers from around the state will meet with numerous state legislators discussing the importance of athletic trainers in protecting the health and safety of athletes in Kansas.  Also, KATS will display information and AT students with the KATS Student Leadership Council will perform emergency response simulations related to on-field emergencies in the first-floor rotunda of the Capitol to interact and educate legislators, their staff and the general public who are in the Capitol that day. 
 
KATS appreciates the 30+ AT’s and 10+AT students who are coming to Topeka to participate on site on Wednesday. 
 
If you can’t make it on Wednesday, you can still participate.  Please take a few moments on Tuesday to identify who your House Representatives and Senators are (www.ksleglookup.org) and send them a brief email about athletic training and invite them to visit us in the Rotunda on Wednesday.  A sample email can be found here.  You can use it as a template to craft your email that positively describes athletic training and emphasizes the points below. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to help KATS Hit the Hill whether that is in person or through flooding legislators email inboxes.  Collectively our voice will be heard.
 

Info you can share with your legislator


What is Athletic Training: 
· AT is a healthcare profession which encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.
· Athletic training is recognized as an allied health care profession by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
 
Who are Athletic Trainers: 
· Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.
· Athletic trainers must graduate from an accredited baccalaureate or master’s program, and 70% of ATs have a master’s degree
· In Kansas:  Athletic trainers work under the direction of a physician as prescribed by state licensure statute through regulation by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts. 
· Nationally:  Athletic trainers are qualified to apply for a National Provider Identifier (NPI) as mid-level health care professionals
 
Why use Athletic Trainers: 
· Athletic trainers provide medical services to all types of patients, not just athletes participating in sports.
· Athletic trainers relieve widespread and future workforce shortages in primary care support and outpatient rehab professions.
· AT’s improve functional outcomes and specialize in patient education to prevent injury and re-injury.
· Preventative care provided by an athletic trainer has a positive return on investment for employers.
· ATs can reduce injury and shorten rehabilitation time for their patients, which translates to lower absenteeism from work or school and reduced health care costs
 
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