MATA Code of Ethics


Manitoba Athletic Therapists’ Association, Inc.

Code of Ethics

Preamble

One identifiable characteristic of a profession is the dedication of its members in performing a service to humanity. In becoming a member of the Athletic Therapy profession, an individual assumes obligations and responsibilities to conduct himself in accordance with the ideals and standards as set forth in the Constitution, and emphasized in the Code of Ethics. Every Certified Athletic Therapist who does not feel he can, or deems it unnecessary to comply with the principles as set forth in the Code of Ethics, shall be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Constitution.


A Certified Athletic Therapist must adhere to the highest standards of conduct in carrying out his role in attending to the needs of the participants. The Manitoba Athletic Therapists’ Association, Incorporated (M.A.T.A.) recognizes and believes that unless the standards and principles herein contained are accepted in good faith, and followed sincerely by each of its members, the Association will be ineffective in continuing to achieve its role as a member of the sport medicine team.

Purpose

The purpose of the Code of Ethics is to identify ethical and approved professional practices, and to instill in each member of the Association, the valued and important role of the Certified Athletic Therapist.

Objectives

The objectives of the Manitoba Athletic Therapists’ Association, Inc. are the following:

1. To advance, encourage, and improve the Athletic Therapy profession.

2. To promote a better working relationship among those persons interested and involved in the profession, through the free exchange of ideas (interprofessionally, and intraprofessionally).

3. To develop to the utmost, the ability of each of its members.

4. To promote to the pursuit of certification as a fundamental goal of the M.A.T.A.

5. To stimulate the ongoing professional development of its certified members.

6. To provide the best possible injury prevention, care, and rehabilitation for active people, within the Scope of Practice of the M.A.T.A.





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7. To assist each member in conducting himself in accordance with the Code of Ethics of the M.A.T.A.

ARTICLE 1 – Basic Principles

The essential principles of the Code of Ethics are honesty, integrity, and loyalty. A Certified Athletic Therapist who reflects these characteristics will be a credit to the M.A.T.A., the institution which he represents, and to himself.

When an individual becomes a member of the M.A.T.A., he assumes certain obligations and responsibilities as identified within the C.A.T.A. Code of Ethics. An Athletic Therapist whose conduct is not in accordance with the practices set forth therein, shall be considered in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 1 – Practice in General

An Athletic Therapist shall show no discrimination when carrying out his responsibilities and duties.

Section 2 – Ergogenic Aids

The M.A.T.A. does not condone the unauthorized use and/or non-therapeutic use of ergogenic aids. The M.A.T.A. recognizes that the best and safest training program is comprised of sound principles of conditioning and Athletic Therapy as required.

Section 3 – Modalities

An Athletic Therapist shall not permit use of electrical or acoustic modalities by a non-certified individual, without direct supervision by himself, a licensed physiotherapist, or a physician, unless said individual is otherwise qualified to do so.

Section 4 – Fee for Service

An Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate shall not charge a fee for service on a per patient basis for treatment(s) rendered, unless said candidate is otherwise qualified to do so.

Section 5 – Testimonials and Endorsements

In any endorsement in which a therapist’s name and/or reference to Athletic Therapy is included, the text and illustration, including any implications of the endorsement, shall be such that no discredit to Athletic Therapy may be construed. Any endorsement that is not in keeping with the highest principles and standards of Athletic Therapy shall be considered unethical. The use of the M.A.T.A. name, logo, trademark, and/or endorsement for a service, product, program publication, or facility by an individual member, or group of




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members of the M.A.T.A., without the expressed written consent of the Executive Committee of the M.A.T.A., shall be considered a violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 6 – Sportsmanship

No member of the M.A.T.A. shall condone, engage in, or defend unsportsmanlike conduct.

Section 7 – Professional Misconduct

Any member, who is determined to have breached the Scope of Practice of the C.A.T.A., is in violation of the Code of Ethics and shall be guilty of professional misconduct.

Section 8 – Conflict of Interest

Any member who is determined to have breached the C.A.T.A. Conflict of Interest Guidelines is in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 9 – Fellow Athletic Therapists

Any member who, by his conduct or comments, publicly discredits or lowers the dignity of a fellow member is in violation of the Code of Ethics.

Section 10 – Membership

It is unethical for a Certified Athletic Therapist to sponsor a candidate for membership in the M.A.T.A., if he does not know the candidate and his qualifications.

Section 11 – Right to Title

a) The designation of C.A.T.(C) can only be used by Certified members of the M.A.T.A.

b) The title of Athletic Therapist can only be used by Certified Athletic Therapists. Other titles may be used by those otherwise professionally licensed with their respective regulating bodies.

c) Certified Athletic Therapists may refer to themselves by any of the following titles, which are under trademark protection by the C.A.T.A.:

Certified Athletic Therapist Therapeute du sport certifie(e)

Athletic Therapist Therapeute du sport

Sport Therapist Therapeute athletique certifie(e)

Therapeute athletique

Therapeute athletic




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d) The claim of practicing Athletic Therapy, or similar connotations can only be made by Certified Athletic Therapists. Services of a similar nature may be referred to by those otherwise professionally regulated by their respective regulating bodies.

e) Voting Enfranchised Associate members may use the term Athletic Trainer within the workplace.

f) Reference to a program, service, or facility as Athletic Therapy will not contravene the Code of Ethics as long as the personnel within the program, service, or facility are Certified Athletic Therapists.

g) Certification Candidates must represent themselves as an Athletic Therapy Certification Candidate, and must not use any abbreviated letters or designation.

Section 12 – Confidentiality of Patient and Medical Records

Records kept by the treating Certified Athletic Therapist are considered to be private and confidential between the patient, the treating Certified Athletic Therapist, and the patient’s referring physician. Transfer of any records in whole or in part, must be preceded by a signed, dated, witnessed, and specific consent form from the patient concerned.

The following guidelines should be adhered to:

a) An Athletic Therapist can not make a full assessment unless the athlete/patient provides all relevant details. The therapist must make every effort possible to create an environment where the athlete is comfortable discussing his/her situation. This includes holding all discussions regarding the athlete/patient’s health and personal matters, in confidence.

b) When making recommendations to a coach or manager with respect to an athlete’s ability to participate, only enough medical/health information will be provided to justify the therapist’s decision.

c) When discussing the athlete/patient’s condition with the responsible physician, the therapist should only discuss those matters which will directly aid the physician in making a proper diagnosis.

d) When treating an athlete/patient who is a minor, and the parent or guardian is making care decisions on behalf of the child, the therapist will provide the parents with sufficient information to make an informed decision with respect to treatment.

e) The Athletic Therapist has a legal obligation to repeat confidences if under oath in a court of law. However, the therapist should still be careful not to repeat more information than is necessary.

f) The Athletic Therapist must be careful to avoid “shop talk” or gossip with co-workers and other therapists, when such discussions will involve athlete/patient confidences. When impossible to avoid, such discussions should be carried out without using names or identifying details.




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g) Under no circumstances shall the Athletic Therapist use information received in confidence, for the purpose of self-gain.

ARTICLE 2 – Educational Preparation and Certification

Any certified member of the M.A.T.A. must be considered an educator if he is involved with the professional preparation of Athletic Therapy Certification Candidates.

Section 1 – Selection of Students

The Certified Athletic Therapist educator who may be responsible for the selection of students for admission into a professional program, and must ensure that admission policies are non-discriminatory with respect to race, colour, sex, national origin, or physical handicap.

Section 2 – Publication and Representation

Publication and representation of the professional preparation program by the Certified Athletic Therapist educator, must accurately reflect the program offered.

Section 3 – Evaluation of Students

Evaluation of students working towards achieving certification, must be performed in a productive manner by the Supervisory Athletic Therapist, following the guidelines of the C.A.T.A. Education Committee.

Section 4 – Recommendation for Certification

It is unethical for a member to knowingly recommend for the C.A.T.A. certification examination, a candidate who has not fulfilled all eligibility requirements as specified in the Procedures for Certification documents.

Section 5 – Confidentiality of the C.A.T.A. Certification Examination

It is unethical for a member to intentionally reproduce or distribute, in any written or electronic form, any portion of the written or oral/practical certification examination, unless by prior approval from the C.A.T.A. Certification Chairperson.

ARTICLE 3 – Amendment Procedures

Amendments to the rules and regulations (policy) of the M.A.T.A. Code of Ethics must be presented for ratification, by majority vote of the voting members present at the annual general meeting.




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ARTICLE 4 –

For purposes of interpretation, where the context so requires or permits, the singular shall include the plural, and the plural the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine, and the feminine the masculine, and the word “person”, shall include individuals, firms, and corporations.



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