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§ 14-5D-11.4. Dry needling

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth OccupationsEffective: October 1, 2023

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health Occupations (Refs & Annos)
Title 14. Physicians (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5d. Athletic Trainers (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2023
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-5D-11.4
§ 14-5D-11.4. Dry needling
Approval required
(a) A licensed athletic trainer shall be approved by the Board before the licensed athletic trainer may perform dry needling as a specialized task.
Requirements for approval
(b)(1) The Board shall issue an approval to perform dry needling to a licensed athletic trainer who provides proof of completion of at least 80 hours of instruction in a continuing education course approved by:
(i) The National Athletic Trainers' Association;
(ii) The Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer; or
(iii) The United States armed forces.
(2) Of the 80 hours of instruction required under paragraph (1) of this subsection, at least 40 hours of instruction shall be in the following course content areas:
(i) Theory and application of dry needling;
(ii) Dry needling technique, including spine and extremities;
(iii) Dry needling indications and contraindications;
(iv) Infection control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Bloodborne Pathogen Protocol, and safe handling of needles;
(v) Emergency preparedness and response procedures related to complications associated with dry needling; and
(vi) Appropriate documentation of dry needling.
(3) Of the 80 hours of instruction required under paragraph (1) of this subsection, at least 40 hours shall be practical, hands-on instruction in the application and technique of dry needling that is completed under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner who:
(i) Is approved to perform dry needling; and
(ii) Has practiced dry needling for at least 5 years.
(4) The instruction required under this subsection shall include an assessment of the licensed athletic trainer's competency to perform dry needling that is performed by the instructor of the approved course.


Added by Acts 2023, c. 302, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2023; Acts 2023, c. 303, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2023.
MD Code, Health Occupations, § 14-5D-11.4, MD HEALTH OCCUP § 14-5D-11.4
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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