Athletic Trainers Frequently Asked Questions

About Athletic Training

1. What does a licensed athletic trainer do?

Athletic trainers provide a form of health care that includes preventing, recognizing, assessing, managing, treating, disposing of, and reconditioning athletic injuries. An athlete is a person who participates in an organized sport or sport-related exercise or activity. Athletic trainers provide services under the direction of a licensed physician.

Services provided by athletic trainers may include, but are not limited to:

  • planning and implementing a comprehensive athletic injury and illness prevention program;
  • assessing an athlete's injury or illness in order to provide emergency or continued care and referral to a physician for definitive diagnosis and treatment, if appropriate;
  • administering first aid and emergency care for acute athletic injuries and illnesses;
  • planning and implementing a comprehensive rehabilitation program for athletic injuries; and
  • providing health care information and counseling athletes.

For more information, please see program rule 110.12.

2. Where do licensed athletic trainers work?

Athletic training services may be provided in any setting authorized by a physician. Athletic trainers typically provide services in high schools, colleges or universities, professional or amateur athletic organizations, athletic facilities, and health care facilities.  However, athletic trainers may also provide athletic training in other settings.

3. Can a licensed athletic trainer provide health care services other than athletic training services?
Athletic trainers may provide other health care services only in accordance with state and federal laws regarding those services, including Occupations Code, Chapter 157, relating to a physician's delegated authority.  For more information, please see program rule 110.12(d).

Filing a Complaint

1. How soon do I have to file a complaint?

You must file a complaint within two years of the event described in the complaint. TDLR will not accept complaints filed after two years unless you can show good cause for late filing to TDLR’s Executive Director.

2. I don’t want the licensee to know I filed a complaint. May I file a complaint anonymously?

Yes, TDLR accepts anonymous complaints. To file anonymously, be sure to leave the “Complaining Party” space blank on the complaint form. Keep in mind, if you file anonymously, you will not receive updates from TDLR on the status of your complaint and you will not be able to provide any additional information TDLR may need.

3. Does TDLR open and investigate every complaint received?

No. If the information you provide in your complaint does not contain enough information for TDLR to determine that a violation may have occurred, TDLR will first seek additional information from you (if you did not file anonymously). If TDLR does not receive enough information following that request, your complaint may not be opened for investigation.

4. What happens after I file my complaint?

Please see our Complaint Investigation and Resolution page for a detailed explanation of the complaint process.

5. What is the status of a complaint I filed?

TDLR will mail you periodic notices and will inform you of the resolution of your complaint. Please keep your address and phone number updated with TDLR.

6. How do I know if disciplinary action was taken against a licensee or an unlicensed person or business?

If a complaint results in disciplinary action taken by TDLR, it will be posted in our Administrative Orders Search for three years following the signed order.