VCS Receives National Safe Sports School First Team Award

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  • Village Christian School has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Safe Sports School First Team award, making it one of 21 schools in California and fewer than 600 nationwide to receive the honor as of December 2015.

    According to the NATA, the award, which was first implemented in 2013, recognizes schools that provide safe environments for student-athletes and reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

    “The Safe Sports School award is a tremendous honor and a validation of the hard work we have put into making sure our student-athletes can compete at a high level in a safe environment,” said VCS head athletic trainer Diana Putignano. “Athletic trainers play a vital role in designing and implementing safety protocols in athletics, and we will continue to seek out innovative ways to promote the best possible healthcare to all student-athletes.”

    The award term lasts through 2018, after which, VCS and its procedures will be re-evaluated to ensure the qualifying standards remain in place.

    “We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” said NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, in a statement. “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.”

    According to the NATA, athletic programs must do the following in order to achieve Safe Sports School status:

    • 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 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

    Village Christian’s sports medicine program includes a team of athletic training students, undergraduate assistants from California State University, Northridge, and an assistant certified athletic trainer providing medical coverage for the athletic programs offered at VCS.

    “It is great to be recognized by a prestigious national organization for the amazing work of our Athletic Training staff and our coaches," said Head of School Tom Konjoyan.


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