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Chapter 53-2 DEFINITIONS

Rule 53-2-.01 Law

The Law, as used in these Rules, shall mean the Georgia Athletic Trainers Licensing Act (O.C.G.A. Section 43-5-1et seq.)

Rule 53-2-.02 Board

The Board as used in these Rules, shall mean the Georgia Board of Athletic Trainers.

Rule 53-2-.03 Athletic Trainer

(1) "Athletic trainer" means a person with specific qualifications, as set forth in Code Section 43-5-8 who, upon the advice and consent of a physician, carries out the practice of prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, disposition, treatment, or rehabilitation of athletic injuries; and, in carrying out these functions, the athletic trainer is authorized to use physical modalities, such as heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, or mechanical devices related to prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, disposition, rehabilitation, and treatment.
(2) The term "athletic trainer" shall not include any teacher, coach or other authorized volunteer for an elementary, middle or high school, either public or private, within this state, who do not hold themselves out to the public as athletic trainers.
(3) Nothing in this Rule shall be construed to prevent any person from serving as an athletic training student, assistant athletic trainer, teacher athletic trainer, or any similar volunteer position if such service is not primarily for compensation and is carried out under the supervision of a physician or a licensed athletic trainer.
(4) The term "athletic trainer" shall not include any person who serves as a first responder or other layman position providing basic first aid within this state but who does not perform the duties of an athletic trainer or hold himself/herself out as an athletic trainer. For purposes of this rule basic first aid includes the initial steps taken to stabilize an injury or illness situation until more advanced or professionally trained personnel can assume treatment measures. This care generally consists of simple, life-saving or injury-stabilizing techniques that a non-doctor or lay person can be easily trained to perform with minimal equipment, and is generally recognized as such by national organizations such as the American Red Cross, National Safety Council, American Heart Association or other similar organization.

Rule 53-2-.04 Apprentice

Until June 30, 2004, apprentice means an undergraduate or graduate student who is learning to become an athletic trainer and whose activities are under the direct supervision of a licensed athletic trainer.

Rule 53-2-.05 Direct Supervision

Direct Supervision means personal contact between the athletic training supervisee and the licensed athletic trainer who plans, directs, advises, and evaluates the supervisee's athletic training experience. Such personal contact must be adequate to assure that the supervisee performs tasks in a manner consistent with the standards of practice of the profession of athletic training. The supervising athletic trainer must be recognized as an athletic trainer at the setting where the training experience is being attained, and must maintain a record of the training experience hours received by the student.

Rule 53-2-.06 Athletic Injury

"Athletic injury" means any injury sustained by a person as a result of such person's participation in exercises, sports, games, or recreational activities, or any activities requiring physical strength, agility, flexibility, range of motion, speed, or stamina without respect to where or how the injury occurs.

Rule 53-2-.07 Repealed