Tuesday, November 14, 2017

As excerpted from the Los Angeles Daily News:

California has more than 800,000 high-schoolers playing sports, yet the state does not require schools to have athletic trainers at practices or games—and very few do. Just 25 percent of public high schools employ a full-time athletic trainer, according to CIF data from 2016-17 (athletic directors from 1,406 schools self-reported—an 88.6 percent rate).

The CATA has been working on this issue for more than three decades. California Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D-Woodland Hills) has introduced Assembly Bill 1510, which would provide for the licensure and regulation of athletic trainers and establish the Athletic Trainer Licensing Committee within the California Board of Occupational Therapy. It would bar a person from practicing as an athletic trainer or using the title unless the person is licensed by the committee.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

As excerpted from the San Francisco Chronicle:

There is a bill making its way through the Assembly — AB1510, sponsored by Assemblyman Matthew Dababneh, D-Encino (Los Angeles County) — that would require licenses for athletic trainers. If passed, it would be on the governor’s desk before next fall.

“I felt the need to take action in order for our state to properly protect our student athletes,” said Dababneh, in a statement to The Chronicle. “Athletic trainers are the expert on the sidelines, and the first people able to identify potential injuries. Parents trust these individuals to protect the health of their children but without proper education and training, signs of heatstroke or a concussion can be easily missed. By licensing athletic trainers, AB1510 will effectively protect the athletes by ensuring only qualified individuals can work as an athletic trainer.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - When it comes to keeping high school athletes safe, a recent study ranked California almost dead last.

One of the reasons California ranked low was because it does not require athletic trainers to be licensed. We're the only state that does not have this requirement. Several attempts have been made to pass legislation to change that but none have succeeded.

AB 1510, authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh would align California with the country in regulating the profession of athletic training. Supporters hope it will be heard in January.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

By Jon Coupal and Matt Dababneh

Picture yourself on Election Day at your local polling place and looking over a lengthy ballot. Or, try to recall when you were at home reviewing your mail-in ballot. In choosing your elected officials on the ballots, it is pretty straight-forward: You vote for the candidate that best matches your interests and values.

But what about tax levies and bond measures proposed by local governments and school districts? There are so many factors to consider. How will the new funds help your community or school? How long will it take for bonds to be paid off? Most importantly, what will be the actual financial impact on you and your family?

Monday, June 19, 2017

As excerpted from the Los Angeles Daily News:

The story of America is the story of immigrants. The contributions immigrants have made to the fabric of this nation range from the storied military and legislative achievements of Hamilton, an orphan from a small Caribbean island who became our country’s first treasury secretary, to the millions of others who have come to this country seeking greater opportunity and in doing so have added to its vitality.

My own great-grandfather Ambrose Walsh, an Irish immigrant, came to California seeking work to provide for his family. He was a bricklayer, and helped lay the bricks that would become the foundation of UCLA. Nearly 80 years later, as a graduate of UCLA, I stood proudly on that diverse campus coming to the realization that my grandfather paved the way for my own success by his hard work.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Read my column in the Los Angeles Daily News explaining why I was inspired to introduce 'Jordan's Law' and combat social media motivated attacks.

"...A San Fernando Valley resident, Ed Peisner, had to live this nightmare in December. His son, Jordan, was leaving a Wendy’s restaurant with a group of friends when he was viciously attacked by another teen, someone Jordan did not know and had never met. The attacker’s friend filmed the assault and posted it to social media, where it quickly went viral. This sick desire for internet attention left Jordan with severe, life-threatening injuries, including a blood clot in his brain and permanent hearing loss..."

Saturday, March 11, 2017

California is the only state in the nation that does not require licensure or regulation of such medical professionals, entrusted with the care of hundreds of thousands of high school, college and professional athletes who play in the state every day.

Newly introduced legislation aims to change that.

Assembly Bill 1510, introduced last month by Assemblyman Matt Dababneh (D-Encino), would require licensure and regulation of athletic trainers by an existing occupational therapy oversight board and impose disciplinary action for those who work without proper licensing.