Fishers High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award
Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe
Fishers, Indiana November 2015 – Fishers High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its high school athletic department. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. This award reflects the efforts that Sara Simmons and Bruce Willard, Methodist Sports Medicine Athletic Trainers, bring to Fishers High School. Bruce, Sara and the physicians at Methodist Sports Medicine work to provide the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment for all athletes.
“Fishers High School is honored to be recognized by NATA for our commitment to keeping student athletes safe during practices and games. We are grateful for the partnership with Methodist Sports Medicine and the outstanding athletic trainers they have provided our athletic department. Bruce and Sara collaborate with our coaches and athletes to secure our athlete’s abilities to train, compete, and remain healthy. Methodist Sports Medicine and Fishers High School work together to provide the highest safety standards for our players,” said Jim Brown, Athletic Director.
Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.” Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he notes.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, Fishers High School has demonstrated 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 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
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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.