Complaints and Discipline
With few exceptions, the Board of Athletic Training has jurisdiction over licensed athletic trainers and persons who hold themselves out as athletic trainers in Arizona. The exceptions include but may not be limited to athletic trainers who are employed in the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Public Health Service or U.S. Veteran's Administration.
The Arizona Revised Statutes prescribe under what circumstances the Board may take disciplinary action against a licensee. But in order for the Board to fulfill this statutory requirement, it depends on the consumer or public to notify it when there is a potential violation of statutes.
A.R.S. § 32-4158 stipulates that “A person, licensee, corporation, educational institution, athletic organization or health care facility and state or local governmental agencies shall report to the board any conviction, determination or finding that a licensee has committed an act that constitutes grounds for disciplinary action pursuant to section 32-4153.” This statute goes on to state, “A person is immune from civil liability, whether direct or derivative, for providing information in good faith to the board pursuant to subsection A of this section.”
Substantive Policy Statement for Complaint Resolution
The Board, at its June 4, 2012 Board meeting, adopted a new Substantive Policy Statement. This new instruction provides to the Board the resolution options available to them for violations of A.R.S. Title 32, Chapter 41, A.A.C. Title 4, Chapter 49 and or the Standards of Practice of Athletic Trainers, based upon the nature of the offense and the factual scenarios. For more details, see the full statement.