(225 ILCS 5/3)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7603)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
As used in this Act:
(1) "Department" means the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and Professional Regulation.
(3) "Board" means the Illinois Board of Athletic Trainers appointed by the Secretary.
athletic trainer" means a person licensed to
practice athletic training as defined in this Act and with the specific
qualifications set forth in Section 9 of this Act who, upon
direction of his or her team physician or consulting
carries out the practice of prevention/emergency care or
reconditioning of injuries incurred by athletes participating in
an athletic program conducted by an educational institution,
professional athletic organization, or sanctioned amateur athletic
organization employing the athletic trainer; or a person who, under the
direction of a physician, carries out comparable functions for a health
organization-based extramural program of athletic training services for
athletes. Specific duties of the athletic trainer include but are not limited
A. Supervision of the selection, fitting, and
maintenance of protective equipment;
B. Provision of assistance to the coaching staff in
the development and implementation of conditioning programs;
C. Counseling of athletes on nutrition and hygiene;
D. Supervision of athletic training facility and
inspection of playing facilities;
E. Selection and maintenance of athletic training
F. Instruction and supervision of student trainer
G. Coordination with a team physician to provide:
(i) pre-competition physical exam and health
(ii) game coverage or phone access to a physician
(iii) follow-up injury care,
(iv) reconditioning programs, and
(v) assistance on all matters pertaining to the
health and well-being of athletes.
H. Provision of on-site injury care and evaluation as
well as appropriate transportation, follow-up treatment and rehabilitation as necessary for all injuries sustained by athletes in the program;
I. With a physician, determination of when an athlete
may safely return to full participation post-injury; and
J. Maintenance of complete and accurate records of
all athletic injuries and treatments rendered.
To carry out these functions the athletic trainer is authorized to
utilize modalities, including, but not limited to, heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, exercise,
or mechanical devices related to
care and reconditioning.
(5) "Referral" means the guidance and direction
given by the physician, who shall maintain supervision of the athlete.
(6) "Athletic trainer aide" means a person who has received on-the-job training specific to the facility in which he or she is employed, on either a paid or volunteer basis, but is not enrolled in an accredited athletic training curriculum.
(7) "Address of record" means the designated address recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's application file or license file as maintained by the Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change of address, and those changes must be made either through the Department's website or by contacting the Department.
(8) "Board of Certification" means the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer.
(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15.)
(225 ILCS 5/4)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7604)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Licensure; exempt activities.
shall provide any of the services set forth in subsection (4) of Section 3
of this Act, or use the title "athletic trainer" or
"certified athletic trainer" or "athletic trainer certified" or "licensed athletic trainer" or the letters
"A.T.", "C.A.T.", "A.T.C.", "A.C.T.", or
"I.A.T.L." after his or her name, unless licensed
under this Act.
Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing or restricting the
practice, services, or activities of:
(1) Any person licensed or registered in this State
by any other law from engaging in the profession or occupation for which he or she is licensed or registered.
(2) Any person employed as an athletic trainer by the
Government of the United States, if such person provides athletic training solely under the direction or control of the organization by which he or she is employed.
(3) Any person pursuing a course of study leading to
a degree or certificate in athletic training at an accredited educational program if such activities and services constitute a part of a supervised course of study involving daily personal or verbal contact at the site of supervision between the athletic training student and the licensed athletic trainer who plans, directs, advises, and evaluates the student's athletic training clinical education. The supervising licensed athletic trainer must be on-site where the athletic training clinical education is being obtained. A person meeting the criteria under this paragraph (3) must be designated by a title which clearly indicates his or her status as a student or trainee.
(5) The practice of athletic training under the
supervision of a licensed athletic trainer by one who has applied in writing to the Department for licensure and has complied with all the provisions of Section 9 except the passing of the examination to be eligible to receive such license. This temporary right to act as an athletic trainer shall expire 3 months after the filing of his or her written application to the Department; when the applicant has been notified of his or her failure to pass the examination authorized by the Department; when the applicant has withdrawn his or her application; when the applicant has received a license from the Department after successfully passing the examination authorized by the Department; or when the applicant has been notified by the Department to cease and desist from practicing, whichever occurs first. This provision shall not apply to an applicant who has previously failed the examination.
(6) Any person in a coaching position from rendering
emergency care on an as needed basis to the athletes under his or her supervision when a licensed athletic trainer is not available.
(7) Any person who is an athletic trainer from
another state or territory of the United States or another nation, state, or territory acting as an athletic trainer while performing his or her duties for his or her respective non-Illinois based team or organization, so long as he or she restricts his or her duties to his or her team or organization during the course of his or her team's or organization's stay in this State. For the purposes of this Act, a team shall be considered based in Illinois if its home contests are held in Illinois, regardless of the location of the team's administrative offices.
(8) The practice of athletic training by persons
licensed in another state who have applied in writing to the Department for licensure by endorsement. This temporary right to act as an athletic trainer shall expire 6 months after the filing of his or her written application to the Department; upon the withdrawal of the application for licensure under this Act; upon delivery of a notice of intent to deny the application from the Department; or upon the denial of the application by the Department, whichever occurs first.
(9) The practice of athletic training by one who has
applied in writing to the Department for licensure and has complied with all the provisions of Section 9. This temporary right to act as an athletic trainer shall expire 6 months after the filing of his or her written application to the Department; upon the withdrawal of the application for licensure under this Act; upon delivery of a notice of intent to deny the application from the Department; or upon the denial of the application by the Department, whichever occurs first.
(10) The practice of athletic training by persons
actively licensed as an athletic trainer in another state or territory of the United States or another country, or currently certified by the Board of Certification, or its successor entity, at a special athletic tournament or event conducted by a sanctioned amateur athletic organization, including, but not limited to, the Prairie State Games and the Special Olympics, for no more than 14 days. This shall not include contests or events that are part of a scheduled series of regular season events.
(11) Athletic trainer aides from performing patient
care activities under the on-site supervision of a licensed athletic trainer. These patient care activities shall not include interpretation of referrals or evaluation procedures, planning or major modifications of patient programs, administration of medication, or solo practice or event coverage without immediate access to a licensed athletic trainer.
(12) Persons or entities practicing the
specified occupations set forth in subsection (a) of, and pursuant to a licensing exemption granted in subsection (b) or (d) of, Section 2105-350 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, but only for so long as the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games Professional Licensure Exemption Law is operable.
(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15.)
(225 ILCS 5/16)
(from Ch. 111, par. 7616)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
Grounds for discipline.
Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend,
place on probation, reprimand, or take other disciplinary
action as the Department may deem proper, including fines not to exceed $10,000
for each violation, with regard to any licensee for any one or
combination of the following:
(A) Material misstatement in furnishing information
(B) Violations of this Act, or of the rules or
regulations promulgated hereunder;
(C) Conviction of or plea of guilty to any crime
under the Criminal Code of 2012 or the laws of any jurisdiction of the United States that is (i) a felony, (ii) a misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty, or (iii) of any crime that is directly related to the practice of the profession;
(D) Fraud or any misrepresentation in applying for or
procuring a license under this Act, or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act;
(E) Professional incompetence or gross negligence;
(G) Aiding or assisting another person, firm,
partnership, or corporation in violating any provision of this Act or rules;
(H) Failing, within 60 days, to provide information
in response to a written request made by the Department;
(I) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public;
(J) Habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs
defined in law as controlled substances, alcohol, or any other substance that results in the inability to practice with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
(K) Discipline by another state, unit of government,
government agency, the District of Columbia, territory, or foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to those set forth herein;
(L) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving
from any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation for any professional services not actually or personally rendered. Nothing in this subparagraph (L) affects any bona fide independent contractor or employment arrangements among health care professionals, health facilities, health care providers, or other entities, except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment arrangements may include provisions for compensation, health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits for the provision of services within the scope of the licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this subparagraph (L) shall be construed to require an employment arrangement to receive professional fees for services rendered;
(M) A finding by the Department that the licensee
after having his or her license disciplined has violated the terms of probation;
(N) Abandonment of an athlete;
(O) Willfully making or filing false records or
reports in his or her practice, including but not limited to false records filed with State agencies or departments;
(P) Willfully failing to report an instance of
suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
(Q) Physical illness, including but not limited to
deterioration through the aging process, or loss of motor skill that results in the inability to practice the profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
(R) Solicitation of professional services other than
by permitted institutional policy;
(S) The use of any words, abbreviations, figures or
letters with the intention of indicating practice as an athletic trainer without a valid license as an athletic trainer under this Act;
(T) The evaluation or treatment of ailments of human
beings other than by the practice of athletic training as defined in this Act or the treatment of injuries of athletes by a licensed athletic trainer except by the referral of a physician, podiatric physician, or dentist;
(U) Willfully violating or knowingly assisting in the
violation of any law of this State relating to the use of habit-forming drugs;
(V) Willfully violating or knowingly assisting in the
violation of any law of this State relating to the practice of abortion;
(W) Continued practice by a person knowingly having
an infectious communicable or contagious disease;
(X) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
report by the Department of Children and Family Services pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
(Z) Failure to fulfill continuing education
(AA) Allowing one's license under this Act to be used
by an unlicensed person in violation of this Act;
(BB) Practicing under a false or, except as provided
(CC) Promotion of the sale of drugs, devices,
appliances, or goods provided in any manner to exploit the client for the financial gain of the licensee;
(DD) Gross, willful, or continued overcharging for
(EE) Mental illness or disability that results in the
inability to practice under this Act with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety; or
(FF) Cheating on or attempting to subvert the
licensing examination administered under this Act.
All fines imposed under this Section shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the fine or in accordance with the terms set forth in the order imposing the fine.
(2) The determination by a circuit court that a
licensee is subject to
involuntary admission or judicial admission as provided in the Mental Health
and Developmental Disabilities Code operates as an automatic suspension. Such
suspension will end only upon a finding by a court that the licensee is no longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial
admission and issuance of an order so finding and discharging the licensee.
(3) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend without hearing, as provided for in the Code of Civil Procedure, the license of any person who fails to file a return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or interest as required by any tax Act administered by the Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied in accordance with subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(4) In enforcing this Section, the Department, upon a showing of a possible violation, may compel any individual who is licensed under this Act or any individual who has applied for licensure to submit to a mental or physical examination or evaluation, or both, which may include a substance abuse or sexual offender evaluation, at the expense of the Department. The Department shall specifically designate the examining physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches or, if applicable, the multidisciplinary team involved in providing the mental or physical examination and evaluation. The multidisciplinary team shall be led by a physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches and may consist of one or more or a combination of physicians licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches, licensed chiropractic physicians, licensed clinical psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professional and administrative staff. Any examining physician or member of the multidisciplinary team may require any person ordered to submit to an examination and evaluation pursuant to this Section to submit to any additional supplemental testing deemed necessary to complete any examination or evaluation process, including, but not limited to, blood testing, urinalysis, psychological testing, or neuropsychological testing.
The Department may order the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to provide to the Department any and all records, including business records, that relate to the examination and evaluation, including any supplemental testing performed. The Department may order the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to present testimony concerning this examination and evaluation of the licensee or applicant, including testimony concerning any supplemental testing or documents relating to the examination and evaluation. No information, report, record, or other documents in any way related to the examination and evaluation shall be excluded by reason of any common law or statutory privilege relating to communication between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team. No authorization is necessary from the licensee or applicant ordered to undergo an evaluation and examination for the examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary team to provide information, reports, records, or other documents or to provide any testimony regarding the examination and evaluation. The individual to be examined may have, at his or her own expense, another physician of his or her choice present during all aspects of the examination.
Failure of any individual to submit to a mental or physical examination or evaluation, or both, when directed, shall result in an automatic suspension without hearing, until such time as the individual submits to the examination. If the Department finds a licensee unable to practice because of the reasons set forth in this Section, the Department shall require the licensee to submit to care, counseling, or treatment by physicians approved or designated by the Department as a condition for continued, reinstated, or renewed licensure.
When the Secretary immediately suspends a license under this Section, a hearing upon such person's license must be convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension and completed without appreciable delay. The Department shall have the authority to review the licensee's record of treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical records.
Individuals licensed under this Act who are affected under this Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate to the Department that they can resume practice in compliance with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions of their license.
(6) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family Services has previously determined a licensee or a potential licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take other disciplinary action against that person based solely upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with paragraph (5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15; 100-872, eff. 8-14-18.)