The National Athletic Trainers' Association's Safe Sports School Award "reinforces the importance of providing the best level of injury prevention and treatment," Athletic Director Johanna DiCarlo and Athletic Trainer Sarah Carver said Wednesday in a press release.
"As a department, we are honored to receive this first team recognition from NATA, because it demonstrates all the time and effort all of our staff put into keeping our student athletes safe," DiCarlo said.
"The first line in our athletics program mission statement is 'to provide a safe learning environment.' This award signifies our commitment to that goal so our student-athletes can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health."
The trainers' association requires athletic programs to do these tasks to become Safe Sport Schools, DiCarlo and Carver said:
- 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