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Full Text of HB4629  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning regulation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Athletic Trainers Practice Act is
5amended by changing Sections 3, 4, 13, and 16 as follows:
6    (225 ILCS 5/3)  (from Ch. 111, par. 7603)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
8    Sec. 3. Definitions. As used in this Act:
9    (1) "Department" means the Department of Financial and
10Professional Regulation.
11    (2) "Secretary" means the Secretary of Financial and
12Professional Regulation.
13    (3) "Board" means the Illinois Board of Athletic Trainers
14appointed by the Secretary.
15    (4) "Licensed athletic trainer" means a person licensed to
16practice athletic training as defined in this Act and with the
17specific qualifications set forth in Section 9 of this Act
18who, upon the direction or consultation of a his or her team
19physician or consulting physician, carries out the practice of
20evaluation, prevention or emergency prevention/emergency care,
21or physical reconditioning of injuries incurred by athletes
22participating in an athletic program conducted by an
23educational institution, professional athletic organization,



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1or sanctioned amateur athletic organization, performing arts
2setting, clinical setting, or employment setting employing the
3athletic trainer; or a person who, under the direction of a
4physician, carries out comparable functions for a health
5organization-based extramural program of athletic training
6services for athletes. Specific duties of the athletic trainer
7include, but are not limited to:
8        A. Supervision of the selection, fitting, and
9    maintenance of protective equipment;
10        B. Provision of assistance to the coaching staff in
11    the development and implementation of conditioning
12    programs;
13        C. Counseling of athletes on nutrition and hygiene;
14        D. Supervision of athletic training facility and
15    inspection of playing facilities;
16        E. Selection and maintenance of athletic training
17    equipment and supplies;
18        F. (Blank); Instruction and supervision of student
19    trainer staff;
20        G. Coordination with a team physician to provide:
21            (i) pre-competition physical exam and health
22        history updates,
23            (ii) game coverage or phone access to a physician
24        or paramedic,
25            (iii) follow-up injury care,
26            (iv) reconditioning programs, and



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1            (v) assistance on all matters pertaining to the
2        health and well-being of athletes; .
3        H. Provision of on-site injury care and evaluation as
4    well as appropriate transportation, follow-up treatment
5    and reconditioning rehabilitation as necessary for all
6    injuries sustained by athletes in the program;
7        I. With a physician, determination of when an athlete
8    may safely return to full participation post-injury; and
9        J. Maintenance of complete and accurate records of all
10    athlete athletic injuries and treatments rendered; and .
11        K. Written reports to a referring individual every 30
12    days services are provided.
13    To carry out these functions the athletic trainer is
14authorized to utilize modalities, including, but not limited
15to, heat, light, sound, cold, electricity, exercise, or
16mechanical devices related to care and reconditioning. An
17athletic trainer may also carry out these functions upon
18receiving a referral. A licensed athletic trainer shall use
19"LAT" or "L.A.T." in connection with the athletic trainer's
20name to denote licensure under this Act.
21    (5) "Referral" means the written authorization for
22athletic trainer services as provided in paragraph (4)
23guidance and direction given by a the physician, physician
24assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, podiatric
25physician, or dentist, who shall maintain medical supervision
26of the athlete and makes a diagnosis or verifies that the



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1patient's condition is such that it may be treated by an
2athletic trainer.
3    (6) "Aide" Athletic trainer aide" means a person who has
4received on-the-job training specific to the facility in which
5he or she is employed, on either a paid or volunteer basis, but
6is not enrolled in an accredited athletic training curriculum.
7    (7) "Address of record" means the designated address
8recorded by the Department in the applicant's or licensee's
9application file or license file as maintained by the
10Department's licensure maintenance unit. It is the duty of the
11applicant or licensee to inform the Department of any change
12of address, and those changes must be made either through the
13Department's website or by contacting the Department.
14    (8) "Board of Certification" means the Board of
15Certification for the Athletic Trainer.
16    (9) "Athlete" means a person participating in an activity
17that requires a level of strength, endurance, flexibility,
18range of motion, speed, or agility which may include exercise,
19sports, recreation, wellness, or employment activity.
20    (10) "Physician assistant" means a physician assistant
21licensed to practice under the Physician Assistant Practice
22Act of 1987 in accordance with a written collaborative
23agreement with a physician licensed to practice medicine in
24all of its branches.
25    (11) "Advanced practice registered nurse" means an
26advanced practice registered nurse licensed to practice under



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1the Nurse Practice Act.
2(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15.)
3    (225 ILCS 5/4)  (from Ch. 111, par. 7604)
4    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
5    Sec. 4. Licensure; exempt activities. No person shall
6provide any of the services set forth in subsection (4) of
7Section 3 of this Act, or use the title "athletic trainer" or
8"certified athletic trainer" or "athletic trainer certified"
9or "licensed athletic trainer" or the letters "LAT", "L.A.T.",
10"A.T.", "C.A.T.", "A.T.C.", "A.C.T.", or "I.A.T.L." after the
11athletic trainer's his or her name, unless licensed under this
13    Nothing in this Act shall be construed as preventing or
14restricting the practice, services, or activities of:
15        (1) Any person licensed or registered in this State by
16    any other law from engaging in the profession or
17    occupation for which he or she is licensed or registered.
18        (2) Any person employed as an athletic trainer by the
19    Government of the United States, if such person provides
20    athletic training solely under the direction or control of
21    the organization by which he or she is employed.
22        (3) Any person pursuing a course of study leading to a
23    degree or certificate in athletic training at an
24    accredited educational program if such activities and
25    services constitute a part of a supervised course of study



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1    involving daily personal or verbal contact at the site of
2    supervision between the athletic training student and the
3    licensed athletic trainer who plans, directs, advises, and
4    evaluates the student's athletic training clinical
5    education. The supervising licensed athletic trainer must
6    be on-site where the athletic training clinical education
7    is being obtained. A person meeting the criteria under
8    this paragraph (3) must be designated by a title which
9    clearly indicates his or her status as a student or
10    trainee.
11        (4) (Blank).
12        (5) The practice of athletic training under the
13    supervision of a licensed athletic trainer by one who has
14    applied in writing to the Department for licensure and has
15    complied with all the provisions of Section 9 except the
16    passing of the examination to be eligible to receive such
17    license. This temporary right to act as an athletic
18    trainer shall expire 3 months after the filing of his or
19    her written application to the Department; when the
20    applicant has been notified of his or her failure to pass
21    the examination authorized by the Department; when the
22    applicant has withdrawn his or her application; when the
23    applicant has received a license from the Department after
24    successfully passing the examination authorized by the
25    Department; or when the applicant has been notified by the
26    Department to cease and desist from practicing, whichever



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1    occurs first. This provision shall not apply to an
2    applicant who has previously failed the examination.
3        (6) Any person in a coaching position from rendering
4    emergency care on an as needed basis to the athletes under
5    his or her supervision when a licensed athletic trainer is
6    not available.
7        (7) Any person who is an athletic trainer from another
8    state or territory of the United States or another nation,
9    state, or territory acting as an athletic trainer while
10    performing his or her duties for his or her respective
11    non-Illinois based team or organization, so long as he or
12    she restricts his or her duties to his or her team or
13    organization during the course of his or her team's or
14    organization's stay in this State. For the purposes of
15    this Act, a team shall be considered based in Illinois if
16    its home contests are held in Illinois, regardless of the
17    location of the team's administrative offices.
18        (8) The practice of athletic training by persons
19    licensed in another state who have applied in writing to
20    the Department for licensure by endorsement. This
21    temporary right to act as an athletic trainer shall expire
22    6 months after the filing of his or her written
23    application to the Department; upon the withdrawal of the
24    application for licensure under this Act; upon delivery of
25    a notice of intent to deny the application from the
26    Department; or upon the denial of the application by the



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1    Department, whichever occurs first.
2        (9) The practice of athletic training by one who has
3    applied in writing to the Department for licensure and has
4    complied with all the provisions of Section 9. This
5    temporary right to act as an athletic trainer shall expire
6    6 months after the filing of his or her written
7    application to the Department; upon the withdrawal of the
8    application for licensure under this Act; upon delivery of
9    a notice of intent to deny the application from the
10    Department; or upon the denial of the application by the
11    Department, whichever occurs first.
12        (10) The practice of athletic training by persons
13    actively licensed as an athletic trainer in another state
14    or territory of the United States or another country, or
15    currently certified by the Board of Certification, or its
16    successor entity, at a special athletic tournament or
17    event conducted by a sanctioned amateur athletic
18    organization, including, but not limited to, the Prairie
19    State Games and the Special Olympics, for no more than 14
20    days. This shall not include contests or events that are
21    part of a scheduled series of regular season events.
22        (11) Aides Athletic trainer aides from performing
23    patient care activities under the on-site supervision of a
24    licensed athletic trainer. These patient care activities
25    shall not include interpretation of referrals or
26    evaluation procedures, planning or major modifications of



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1    patient programs, administration of medication, or solo
2    practice or event coverage without immediate access to a
3    licensed athletic trainer.
4        (12) Persons or entities practicing the specified
5    occupations set forth in subsection (a) of, and pursuant
6    to a licensing exemption granted in subsection (b) or (d)
7    of, Section 2105-350 of the Department of Professional
8    Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of
9    Illinois, but only for so long as the 2016 Olympic and
10    Paralympic Games Professional Licensure Exemption Law is
11    operable.
12(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15.)
13    (225 ILCS 5/13)  (from Ch. 111, par. 7613)
14    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
15    Sec. 13. Endorsement. The Department may, at its
16discretion, license as an athletic trainer, without
17examination, on payment of the required fee, an applicant for
18licensure who is an athletic trainer registered or licensed
19under the laws of another jurisdiction if the requirements
20pertaining to athletic trainers in such jurisdiction were at
21the date of his or her registration or licensure substantially
22equal to the requirements in force in Illinois on that date or
23equivalent to the requirements of this Act.
24    An applicant for endorsement who has practiced for 10
25consecutive years in another jurisdiction shall meet the



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1requirements for licensure by endorsement upon filing an
2application on forms provided by the Department, paying the
3required fee, and showing proof of licensure in another
4jurisdiction for at least 10 consecutive years without
5discipline by certified verification of licensure from the
6jurisdiction in which the applicant practiced.
7    Applicants have 3 years from the date of application to
8complete the application process. If the process has not been
9completed in 3 years, the application shall be denied, the fee
10forfeited and the applicant must reapply and meet the
11requirements in effect at the time of reapplication.
12(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15.)
13    (225 ILCS 5/16)  (from Ch. 111, par. 7616)
14    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2026)
15    Sec. 16. Grounds for discipline.
16    (1) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may
17revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand, or take other
18disciplinary action as the Department may deem proper,
19including fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation, with
20regard to any licensee for any one or combination of the
22        (A) Material misstatement in furnishing information to
23    the Department;
24        (B) Violations of this Act, or of the rules or
25    regulations promulgated hereunder;



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1        (C) Conviction of or plea of guilty to any crime under
2    the Criminal Code of 2012 or the laws of any jurisdiction
3    of the United States that is (i) a felony, (ii) a
4    misdemeanor, an essential element of which is dishonesty,
5    or (iii) of any crime that is directly related to the
6    practice of the profession;
7        (D) Fraud or any misrepresentation in applying for or
8    procuring a license under this Act, or in connection with
9    applying for renewal of a license under this Act;
10        (E) Professional incompetence or gross negligence;
11        (F) Malpractice;
12        (G) Aiding or assisting another person, firm,
13    partnership, or corporation in violating any provision of
14    this Act or rules;
15        (H) Failing, within 60 days, to provide information in
16    response to a written request made by the Department;
17        (I) Engaging in dishonorable, unethical, or
18    unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive,
19    defraud or harm the public;
20        (J) Habitual or excessive use or abuse of drugs
21    defined in law as controlled substances, alcohol, or any
22    other substance that results in the inability to practice
23    with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
24        (K) Discipline by another state, unit of government,
25    government agency, the District of Columbia, territory, or
26    foreign nation, if at least one of the grounds for the



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1    discipline is the same or substantially equivalent to
2    those set forth herein;
3        (L) Directly or indirectly giving to or receiving from
4    any person, firm, corporation, partnership, or association
5    any fee, commission, rebate, or other form of compensation
6    for any professional services not actually or personally
7    rendered. Nothing in this subparagraph (L) affects any
8    bona fide independent contractor or employment
9    arrangements among health care professionals, health
10    facilities, health care providers, or other entities,
11    except as otherwise prohibited by law. Any employment
12    arrangements may include provisions for compensation,
13    health insurance, pension, or other employment benefits
14    for the provision of services within the scope of the
15    licensee's practice under this Act. Nothing in this
16    subparagraph (L) shall be construed to require an
17    employment arrangement to receive professional fees for
18    services rendered;
19        (M) A finding by the Department that the licensee
20    after having his or her license disciplined has violated
21    the terms of probation;
22        (N) Abandonment of an athlete;
23        (O) Willfully making or filing false records or
24    reports in his or her practice, including but not limited
25    to false records filed with State agencies or departments;
26        (P) Willfully failing to report an instance of



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1    suspected child abuse or neglect as required by the Abused
2    and Neglected Child Reporting Act;
3        (Q) Physical illness, including but not limited to
4    deterioration through the aging process, or loss of motor
5    skill that results in the inability to practice the
6    profession with reasonable judgment, skill, or safety;
7        (R) Solicitation of professional services other than
8    by permitted institutional policy;
9        (S) The use of any words, abbreviations, figures or
10    letters with the intention of indicating practice as an
11    athletic trainer without a valid license as an athletic
12    trainer under this Act;
13        (T) The evaluation or treatment of ailments of human
14    beings other than by the practice of athletic training as
15    defined in this Act or the treatment of injuries of
16    athletes by a licensed athletic trainer except by the
17    referral of a physician, physician assistant, advanced
18    practice registered nurse, podiatric physician, or
19    dentist;
20        (U) Willfully violating or knowingly assisting in the
21    violation of any law of this State relating to the use of
22    habit-forming drugs;
23        (V) Willfully violating or knowingly assisting in the
24    violation of any law of this State relating to the
25    practice of abortion;
26        (W) Continued practice by a person knowingly having an



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1    infectious communicable or contagious disease;
2        (X) Being named as a perpetrator in an indicated
3    report by the Department of Children and Family Services
4    pursuant to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act
5    and upon proof by clear and convincing evidence that the
6    licensee has caused a child to be an abused child or
7    neglected child as defined in the Abused and Neglected
8    Child Reporting Act;
9        (X-5) Failure to provide a monthly report on the
10    patient's progress to the referring physician, physician
11    assistant, advanced practice registered nurse, podiatric
12    physician, or dentist;
13        (Y) (Blank);
14        (Z) Failure to fulfill continuing education
15    requirements;
16        (AA) Allowing one's license under this Act to be used
17    by an unlicensed person in violation of this Act;
18        (BB) Practicing under a false or, except as provided
19    by law, assumed name;
20        (CC) Promotion of the sale of drugs, devices,
21    appliances, or goods provided in any manner to exploit the
22    client for the financial gain of the licensee;
23        (DD) Gross, willful, or continued overcharging for
24    professional services;
25        (EE) Mental illness or disability that results in the
26    inability to practice under this Act with reasonable



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1    judgment, skill, or safety; or
2        (FF) Cheating on or attempting to subvert the
3    licensing examination administered under this Act; .
4        (GG) Violation of the Health Care Worker Self-Referral
5    Act; or
6        (HH) Failure by a supervising athletic trainer of an
7    aide to maintain contact, including personal supervision
8    and instruction, to ensure the safety and welfare of an
9    athlete.
10    All fines imposed under this Section shall be paid within
1160 days after the effective date of the order imposing the fine
12or in accordance with the terms set forth in the order imposing
13the fine.
14    (2) The determination by a circuit court that a licensee
15is subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission as
16provided in the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
17Code operates as an automatic suspension. Such suspension will
18end only upon a finding by a court that the licensee is no
19longer subject to involuntary admission or judicial admission
20and issuance of an order so finding and discharging the
22    (3) The Department may refuse to issue or may suspend
23without hearing, as provided for in the Code of Civil
24Procedure, the license of any person who fails to file a
25return, to pay the tax, penalty, or interest shown in a filed
26return, or to pay any final assessment of tax, penalty, or



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1interest as required by any tax Act administered by the
2Illinois Department of Revenue, until such time as the
3requirements of any such tax Act are satisfied in accordance
4with subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of
5Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code
6of Illinois.
7    (4) In enforcing this Section, the Department, upon a
8showing of a possible violation, may compel any individual who
9is licensed under this Act or any individual who has applied
10for licensure to submit to a mental or physical examination or
11evaluation, or both, which may include a substance abuse or
12sexual offender evaluation, at the expense of the Department.
13The Department shall specifically designate the examining
14physician licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches
15or, if applicable, the multidisciplinary team involved in
16providing the mental or physical examination and evaluation.
17The multidisciplinary team shall be led by a physician
18licensed to practice medicine in all of its branches and may
19consist of one or more or a combination of physicians licensed
20to practice medicine in all of its branches, licensed
21chiropractic physicians, licensed clinical psychologists,
22licensed clinical social workers, licensed clinical
23professional counselors, and other professional and
24administrative staff. Any examining physician or member of the
25multidisciplinary team may require any person ordered to
26submit to an examination and evaluation pursuant to this



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1Section to submit to any additional supplemental testing
2deemed necessary to complete any examination or evaluation
3process, including, but not limited to, blood testing,
4urinalysis, psychological testing, or neuropsychological
6    The Department may order the examining physician or any
7member of the multidisciplinary team to provide to the
8Department any and all records, including business records,
9that relate to the examination and evaluation, including any
10supplemental testing performed. The Department may order the
11examining physician or any member of the multidisciplinary
12team to present testimony concerning this examination and
13evaluation of the licensee or applicant, including testimony
14concerning any supplemental testing or documents relating to
15the examination and evaluation. No information, report,
16record, or other documents in any way related to the
17examination and evaluation shall be excluded by reason of any
18common law or statutory privilege relating to communication
19between the licensee or applicant and the examining physician
20or any member of the multidisciplinary team. No authorization
21is necessary from the licensee or applicant ordered to undergo
22an evaluation and examination for the examining physician or
23any member of the multidisciplinary team to provide
24information, reports, records, or other documents or to
25provide any testimony regarding the examination and
26evaluation. The individual to be examined may have, at his or



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1her own expense, another physician of his or her choice
2present during all aspects of the examination.
3    Failure of any individual to submit to a mental or
4physical examination or evaluation, or both, when directed,
5shall result in an automatic suspension without hearing, until
6such time as the individual submits to the examination. If the
7Department finds a licensee unable to practice because of the
8reasons set forth in this Section, the Department shall
9require the licensee to submit to care, counseling, or
10treatment by physicians approved or designated by the
11Department as a condition for continued, reinstated, or
12renewed licensure.
13    When the Secretary immediately suspends a license under
14this Section, a hearing upon such person's license must be
15convened by the Department within 15 days after the suspension
16and completed without appreciable delay. The Department shall
17have the authority to review the licensee's record of
18treatment and counseling regarding the impairment to the
19extent permitted by applicable federal statutes and
20regulations safeguarding the confidentiality of medical
22    Individuals licensed under this Act who are affected under
23this Section shall be afforded an opportunity to demonstrate
24to the Department that they can resume practice in compliance
25with acceptable and prevailing standards under the provisions
26of their license.



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1    (5) (Blank).
2    (6) In cases where the Department of Healthcare and Family
3Services has previously determined a licensee or a potential
4licensee is more than 30 days delinquent in the payment of
5child support and has subsequently certified the delinquency
6to the Department, the Department may refuse to issue or renew
7or may revoke or suspend that person's license or may take
8other disciplinary action against that person based solely
9upon the certification of delinquency made by the Department
10of Healthcare and Family Services in accordance with paragraph
11(5) of subsection (a) of Section 2105-15 of the Department of
12Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code
13of Illinois.
14(Source: P.A. 99-469, eff. 8-26-15; 100-872, eff. 8-14-18.)