NATA Safe Sports School First Team Award Recipient
Village Christian School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’
Association Safe Sports School award. The award champions safety and recognizes
secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.
The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care,
injury prevention and treatment.
As of November 2015, fewer than 600 programs nationwide and a mere 23 in
California have received the designation since its inception in 2013.
“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes
in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC.
“This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools
across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best
practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate
care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do
- 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
- Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for
- Provide or facilitate injury intervention
- Create and rehearse a 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
About NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care
for Life & Sport
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention,
diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related
illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from
sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care
for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is
unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association
represents and supports 39,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org.