WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Keeping student athletes safe on the playing field to prevent injuries has become more important as new medical evidence points to long-term damage from injuries that aren't treated and prevented in the first place.
Locally, White Plains High School has been working hard to make sure that it's providing the best level of care to their student athletes. That's why they recently received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award Program that recognizes high schools that work to keep young athletes safe.
The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes and reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment, said Athletic Director Matt Cameron.
“White Plains High School is honored to receive this first team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during 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,” Cameron added.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as White Plains did, 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
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