ALBANY - The state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would allow out-of-state health care professionals to provide services to Ironman competitors in Lake Placid.
"The triathlon is an intense athletic event and having the licensed health care professionals available is very important for the health and well-being of the athletes," Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, who sponsored the legislation, said in a statement. "This legislation is needed to allow licensed volunteers from out of state to perform these services."
Licensed professionals, including massage therapists, physical therapists, chiropractors and podiatrists, would have to be in good standing within their state or territory and would have to be appointed by the World Triathlon Corporation to provide services to competitors.
The Ford Ironman Lake Placid event is scheduled for Sunday, July 25.
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, R-Willsboro, sponsored the bill in her house, where it passed on May 18. The bill will return to the Assembly before being sent to Gov. David Paterson.