Governmental Affairs Committee

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​​Purpose is to monitor state and federal legislation; develop strategic relationships with external organizations; monitor the AT Practice Act; provide society members with current policy, regulatory and legislative information; and foster members involvement in legislative activities.


AT Fact Sheet

Committee Chair
Troy Kleese



Committee Members

Melanie Mason

Nate Newman

Legislative Update 2.21.21

Athletic Training Fact Sheet/Talking Points

Legislative Update - Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society

December 23, 2020

Your local representative and senator for the Iowa legislature is set following the 2020 election.  Here is a link to finding your legislator: .  This is a good time to connect with your elected officials as we prepare for the upcoming 2021 legislative session.  Establishing or advancing relationships with legislators now will make future communications easier and more productive.


The 2021 legislative session starts January 11, 2021 and could include another discussion regarding the athletic trainer license and licensing board in Iowa.  As athletic trainers, this issue is of great importance when it comes to our medical profession.  Licensure of athletic trainers protects our profession and the patients we serve while establishing a minimum standard and definition for practicing in our state.  Past legislation in this area has not negatively impacted us, however we need to prepare for this, and future, session(s). Sending a message to your legislator now provides a foundation for future discussions regarding our license, our board, and any other issue we face or propose. 


Ways to connect with your representative and your senator: 

  • Send an e-mail, subscribe to their newsletter, join their e-mail list, review their websites.

  • Connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

  • Attend a townhall meeting, their public events, or greet them in your community.

  • Introduce yourself and your profession. 

  • Offer to be a resource for them. 

  • Invite them to a game, a practice, or your facility. 

  • Outline how athletic trainers have worked in the past to advance CPR requirements for coaches, the concussion law for middle and high school students in the state, or describe how athletic trainers are currently working within their employment, schools, and communities to fight COVID-19. 

  • Forward the athletic training facts sheet to your legislator as another way to outline the profession and its positive impact within Iowa.


Promote your relationships with your representative and senator via the IATS social media platforms.  Use #iowalegislATor.  Highlight the good work these folks do for us and our profession while also connecting them to a valuable resource in the state.  Governmental Affairs Committee members and IATS Executive Committee members are available if you have any questions or feedback.


Be safe and stay well as we look forward to the upcoming holidays. 


Governmental Affairs Committee