From left to right: Jackie Miller (student), Jose Esqueda Ponce (student), Willem Winkelman (graduate assistant athletic trainer), and Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva discuss athletic training services provided at Cal State Fullerton and hands-on experiences students engage in during their education within the accredited athletic training program.
October 30, 2017. Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva visited with Cal State Fullerton’s Athletic Training Program students, staff, and faculty to discuss AB 1510, a bill to enact the Athletic Training Practice Act. Athletic trainers are allied health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, examination, and care of injuries and medical conditions under the direction of a physician and in accordance to their states’ practice acts. Currently California is the only state in the US without regulation of the athletic training profession. AB 1510 would prevent individuals who have lost their athletic training license in another state or who have not completed the necessary education to manage injuries and health conditions, such as heat illness or concussion, from being employed in schools to provide health care. Students in the program, Jackie Miller (final semester in the program) and Jose Esqueda Ponce (1st semester in the program), shared their professional goal to become a certified athletic trainer. Miller and Esqueda Ponce asked the Assemblywoman for her support of AB 1510 to advocate for athletic training and to promote health and safety in the community.