The Monroe High School (MHS) Athletic Training program, which is made up of the Sports Medicine students and the Athletic Trainer, received a 1st Team Safe Sports School award by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The Safe Sports School award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. In addition, the award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment to student athletic programs.
"Monroe High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship while staying safe. Our goal is to lead our athletic program to the highest safety standards for our players. Prevention of injuries is the best way to treat injuries," said MHS Sports Medicine/Health Teacher Heather Sevier, MAT, LAT, ATC.
"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."
The application for a Safe Sports School award outlines the specific actions that will lead an athletics program to the highest safety standards for its players. A school may earn a 1st or 2nd Team award; 1st is awarded to schools that act on all of the recommended and required elements. 2nd Team is granted to schools that have completed only required elements. In order to achieve Safe Sport School 1st Team status, as MHS 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 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
For more information please visit: www.nata.org
About Monroe School District: Monroe School District (MSD) serves over 6,900 students and covers 82 square miles, including the city of Monroe, surrounding unincorporated areas and the area south of Snohomish known as Maltby. MSD is comprised of ten campuses, including: one high school, two academic alternative schools, two middle schools, and five elementary schools. MSD is collectively committed to providing powerful instruction, equitable access, and high expectations to EVERY student. MSD operates from a belief in strengths-based educational practices and embrace the unique strengths and capabilities of our staff and students.
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 44,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org.