Board of Education Seeks Input on Athlete Health

August 10, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on proposed updates designed to improve the health care of student athletes in public schools. Board members voted Wednesday during their August meeting to place the policy revisions on a 30-day public comment period.

Updates to Policy 5112: Athletic Trainers in the Public Schools of West Virginia addresses licensure requirements of athletic trainers who work in public schools.

The proposal revises language to include the requirement that an athletic trainer hired by a county board of education be registered with the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy. It also amends requirements for the athletic trainer authorization to comply with state code requiring athletic trainers be certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification and be registered with the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy.

The update also would revise unclear or inaccurate language and delete continuing education and professional development requirements that address the renewal of an Athletic Trainer Student Support Certificate, which is no longer a specialization option.

The update also would grandfather athletic trainers who currently hold Athletic Trainer Student Support Certificates and Athletic Trainer Student Support Permits.

Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the policies and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed and comments can be submitted by going to the West Virginia Department of Education website at

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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