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Legal Considerations and Administration

or participants. Parents also contribute to team ethics by instilling values in their
children that support the team philosophy, encouraging good sportsmanship, and
supporting the child's participation without exerting unreasonable expectations or
pressure to excel.

the Administration
The school administration must also be ethical. The administration must know
and adhere to state laws, policies, and procedures of its athletic conference.
School policies that promote athlete safety must be drafted and enforced, and
appropriate funding should be provided to promote the use of necessary safety
equipment. Damaged or worn-out equipment is not acceptable for team use, and
no team member should be allowed to operate substandard equipment. Furthermore, the administrative staff should implement the same code of ethics that is
expected from the other members of the sports medicine team. In other terms,
the language, attitudes, and behaviors asked of athletes should be demonstrated
by the administrative staff.

expected conduct for SportS medIcIne
profeSSIonAlS And AthleteS
Establishing a written set of guidelines and/or regulations is the best way to make
sure that both the athletes and the sports medicine team fully understand and share
expectations of conduct. Never rely on verbal agreements or the assumption that "everyone just knows." A written standard for conduct, behavior, and moral philosophy
is known as a code of ethics. The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has
a code of ethics that serves as an excellent example of the type of behavior expected
of athletic trainers as well as other sports medicine professionals.

national Athletic trainers' Association code of ethics
preamble
The Code of Ethics of the National Athletic Trainers' Association has been written to make
the membership aware of the principles of ethical behavior that should be followed in the
practice of athletic training. The primary goal of the Code is the assurance of high quality
health care. The Code presents aspirational standards of behavior that all members should
strive to achieve.
The principles cannot be expected to cover all specific situations that may be encountered by the practicing athletic trainer, but should be considered representative of the spirit
with which athletic trainers should make decisions. The principles are written generally and
the circumstances of a situation will determine the interpretation and application of a given
principle and of the Code as a whole. Whenever there is a conflict between the Code and
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