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Proposed bill would restrict how school athletic trainers can help students.

When Arkansas lawmakers open the 2017 legislative session on Monday (Jan. 9) at the State Capitol in Little Rock, one of the bills under consideration would restrict how school athletic trainers can help students.

Under House Bill 1040, athletic trainers wouldn't be able to practice in non-clinical settings, nor could they treat players going through post-surgery rehab or with spinal injuries.

Stacia Lappin, Har-Ber High School athletic trainer, said just this school year she's had at least a dozen injuries.