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Northland Athletic Trainers Receive National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe

Kansas City, Mo. (December 1, 2016) – Excelsior Springs High School, Winnetonka High School, and Oak Park High School are all recipients 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. Certified Athletic Trainers to win the award include Excelsior Springs High School (Brett Morton), Winnetonka High School (Amanda Guess) and Oak Park High School (Matt Skare).


“It’s an honor for these schools to receive this recognition from NATA. As certified athletic trainers, our job is to keep our athletes safe and healthy as well as spectators at the event if the situation warrants. Our certified athletic trainers monitor physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Kate Esely, Lead Athletic Trainer for Mosaic Life Care.

“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 addition to the three Kansas City schools, Lafayette High School and Benton High School in St. Joseph, won the award as well.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, 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 a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provide or facilitate psycho-social 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

For more information please visit: www.athletictrainers.org.

Content courtesy Mosaic Life Care.

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