For many, March is a time for filling out your brackets and cheering on your favorite college basketball teams. But while the public is carefully tracking their picks and hoping for a Cinderella run, sports medicine professionals are working tirelessly to ensure the care of their players as they travel to games across the country. In just this tournament alone, more than 130 men’s and women’s teams are traveling across approximately 20 different states for their chance at a national title. Yet many of these states do not provide legal protection for professionals treating injured athletes on the road. And forcing team providers to choose between treating injured athletes at great professional risk and reducing athletes’ access to timely, high quality healthcare services is a losing proposition for everyone involved.

Legislation introduced by Sens. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThunePolls: Hiking estate tax less popular than taxing mega wealth, income Will Trump sign the border deal? Here's what we know Key GOP senator pitches Trump: Funding deal a 'down payment' on wall MORE (R-S.D.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up Harris off to best start among Dems in race, say strategists, donors MORE (D-Minn.) in the Senate and Reps. Brett GuthrieSteven (Brett) Brett GuthrieDemocrats will push to retake vote on funding government after chaos on the floor Hillicon Valley: Republicans demand answers from mobile carriers on data practices | Top carriers to stop selling location data | DOJ probing Huawei | T-Mobile execs stayed at Trump hotel as merger awaited approval House Republicans question mobile carriers on data practices MORE (R-Ky.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) in the House offers a solution to the current system. The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2015 would clarify medical liability rules to ensure team providers are properly covered by their professional liability insurance while traveling with athletic teams in another state. From high school to college to professional levels, it is important that the men and women who are trained to protect and care for athletes and who best know the players’ medical histories are able to engage in the treatment of injured athletes.

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The Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2015 is a common sense solution that does not bypass state licensing rules and regulations or allow a medical professional to practice on the general population. Rather, the bill would deem health care services provided in a secondary state to have been provided in the professional’s primary state of licensure when determining applicable liability laws and liability insurance coverage. The legislation is also limited to treating team athletes and staff that the medical providers are contractually hired and insured to treat and it does not include care provided at a hospital or clinic.

The legislation has gained wide support from provider groups including the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). The bill has also received support from sports industry groups including the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

Even outside the March Madness excitement, sports teams travel across state lines every day. These athletes give their all to represent their teams, their colleges and universities, their cities or our country. And every day, there are team providers ensuring the health and safety of these athletes – approximately 14,000 physicians and athletic trainers provide care to athletic teams in the United States today. This March, in the spirit of the big dance, we urge Congress to pass the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act of 2015 and protect the providers who are keeping our athletes safe.

Williams is president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Anderson is president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Sailor is president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and department chair/professor at Fresno State University. Divine is president of American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and professor of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine/head team physician at the University of Cincinnati Athletics.