Harrison High School has been named a Safe Sports School 1st Team by being recognized for being a 1st Team Athletic Safe School by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association or NATA. NATA says this significant achievement not only spotlights the vital work Harrison does, but positions Harrison High School as a leader in sports safety and a community concerned with its student athletes and their care.
The NATA says the award was “Created to recognize secondary schools around the country that provide safe environments for student athletes, the initiative reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
“This award not only highlights those schools that have put safety first, but will hopefully generate some competition among schools to be the first in their community to receive it,” said NATA president Jim Thornton, MA, ATC, CES. “We hope that 10 years from now the award will no longer be needed because Safety First will have become the norm.”
Physical activity is very important for our youth, says Thornton, though physical education classes may not be as common in schools as they once were. At the same time, there has been an increase in competitive sports and not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening. Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today,” he continued.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status like Harrison, athletic programs must do the following:
- Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
- Provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations
- Promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
- Plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
- Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
- Provide or facilitate injury intervention
- Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
- Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
- Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Harrison will receive a banner, a congratulatory letter, and certificate.