The Oregon Administrative Rules contain OARs filed through May 15, 2017







Scope of Practice

The scope of practice of athletic training by a registered athletic trainer shall consist of the following:

(1) The education, instruction, application and monitoring of facts and circumstances required to protect the athlete from athletic injury, including but not limited to:

(a) The identification, through physical examinations or screening processes, of conditions that may pose a risk of injury, illness or disease to an athlete.

(b) The supervision and maintenance of athletic equipment to assure safety.

(2) The recognition, evaluation and care of injuries and illness occurring during athletic events or in the practice for athletic events including but not limited to the following;

(a) Performance of strength testing using mechanical devices or other standard techniques;

(b) Application of tape, braces and protective devices to prevent or treat injury;

(c) Administration of standard techniques of first aid;

(d) Use of emergency care equipment to aid the injured athlete by facilitating safe transportation to an appropriate medical facility;

(e) Determination of the level of functional capacity of an injured athlete in order to establish the extent of an injury; and

(f) Determination of the level of functional capacity of an injured or ill athlete to participate.

(3) The gathering and accurate recording of all information required in the assessment of athletic injuries.

(4) The development and implementation of an appropriate course of rehabilitation or reconditioning by the use of therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to: water, cold, heat, electrical, mechanical and acoustical devices, massage, manual techniques, gait training exercise, and physical capacity functional programs which are determined to be needed to facilitate recovery, restore athletic function or performance;

(5) Dispensation of non-prescription medication and application of topical non-prescription medication;

(6) The determination and implementation of a plan for appropriate health care administration.

(7) Referral of an athlete to appropriate health care provider as needed.

(8) Organization of a medical care service delivery system for athletes when needed.

(9) Establishment of plans to manage an athlete's medical emergencies;

(10) The education or providing of athletic training guidance to athletes for the purpose of facilitating recovery, function and performance of the athlete.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 676.615, 688.709, 688.715,
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.715, 688.718, 688.720
Hist.: HLA 12-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12


Standards of Practice

Athletic trainers shall adhere to the following standards of professional conduct:

(1) Physician Collaboration: Athletic trainers are required to collaborate with a physician in the treatment of an athletic injury as provided in OAR 331-160-0015.

(2) Registered Athletic Trainers shall be responsible for the conduct and performance of student assistants under their supervision.

(3) Documentation: All services are documented in writing by the Athletic Trainer and are part of the Athletic Trainer’s record for the athlete. The Athletic Trainer accepts responsibility for chronologically recording details of the patient’s health status and treatment, signing and dating each entry.

(4) The patient’s record shall include, but not be limited to:

(a) Athlete’s name and any other identifying information;

(b) Referral source, as applicable;

(c) Initial and subsequent assessments;

(d) Treatment plan, including methods used, results and plan revisions;

(e) Documentation of discontinuation of treatment and final summary.

(5) Records must be maintained for no less than seven years after discharge. All records are subject to review by the agency.

(6) All records must be legibly written or typed, dated and signed.

(7) Confidentiality: Athletic trainers are required to maintain confidentiality in accordance with all applicable laws.

(8) Initial Assessment: Prior to treatment, athletic trainers are required to assess the athlete's status, history, and level of functioning.

(9) Treatment Program Planning: The treatment program objectives must include goals, expectations and measures to determine the effectiveness of the program.

(10) Athletic trainers are required to observe the Occupational Safety and Health Act Blood Borne Pathogens Standards under 29 CFR 1910:1030 when providing services.

(11) Practicing athletic training or offering to perform services beyond the scope of practice permitted by law and defined in ORS 688.701, is prohibited.

(12) Performing services that have not been authorized by the athlete or the athlete’s legal representative is prohibited.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 676.615, 688.709, 688.715,
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.715, 688.718, 688.720
Hist.: HLA 12-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12


Collaboration of Athletic Trainers and Physicians

(1) "Collaboration" as used in this section means consultation, correspondence, or referral between an athletic trainer and a physician. Collaboration may be initiated by the athletic trainer or physician, and consists of oral or written communication between the parties or an appropriate representative of the physician. "Collaboration" as used in OAR 331-160-0010 and this section, does not mean providing care on behalf of, jointly, or in concert with one another.

(2) "Consultation" as used in this section means discussing or sharing information with another health care provider that is consistent with the requirements of state and federal law regarding confidentiality for the purposes of obtaining information or recommendations for the provision of care to the athlete.

(3) "Referral" as used in this section means directing the athlete to other resources for purposes of care, treatment, assessment or intervention.

(4) An athletic trainer must collaborate with a physician when the athletic injury is beyond the athletic trainer's scope of practice or expertise, or in those instances where the injury is not responding to treatment.

(5) The athletic trainer must appropriately record collaboration with a physician regarding an athlete or athletic injury in an acceptable manner, such as notation on injury reports, medical records, or progress reports.

(6) Nothing in this section or these rules shall be construed to prevent a physician from employing, directing, supervising, establishing protocols for, or otherwise assisting a registered athletic trainer in the practice of athletic training consistent with the scope of practice and professional standards of each practitioner.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 676.615, 688.709, 688.715,
Stats. Implemented: ORS 688.715, 688.718, 688.720
Hist.: HLA 12-2012, f. 8-16-12, cert. ef. 8-17-12

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