Baseball season started recently and Coahulla Creek High School is “Safe!”
Coahulla Creek earned the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) 1st Team Safe Sports School award for its athletic program. 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.
Coahulla Creek received 1st Team Designation for meeting all the requirements and recommendations. The NATA website recognizes 1st and 2nd teams from 417 schools nationwide.
Stephanie Wise, a certified athletic trainer with Hamilton Sports Medicine, serves Coahulla Creek. She learned of the award and brought the idea to Coahulla Creek Athletic Director Rhett Parrott. Wise assisted the school every step to make sure the qualifications were met.
“Coahulla Creek is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA,” said Principal Tracy Mardis. “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.”
NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES, emphasizes how important physical activity is for our youth.
“There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk,” Thornton said. “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."
In order to earn Safe Sport School status, as Coahulla Creek 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 athletictrainers.org.
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.