CHS Named Safe Sports School by National Athletic Trainers Assn.
May 25, 2017

Kahok PR
May 25, 2017

Collinsville High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School 1st Team 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. 1st Team awards are given to schools that have acted on all recommended and required elements of the Safe Sports School checklist. 2nd Team awards are for schools that have completed only required elements.

Collinsville High School is the only metro-east high school with a 1st Team designation. The award covers a three-year period from April 2017-April 2020.

The Safe Sports School Award is recognition from NATA of a school’s commitment to keep 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. The goal of the Safe Sports School Award Program is to honor athletics programs that demonstrate the highest safety standards for players.

“Ensuring the health and safety of the athletes is the top priority of those of us on the CHS Sports Medicine Team. Being awarded the Safe Sports School Award represents that commitment to the athletes.
Being recognized by the National Athletic Trainers' Association is a great reward for all of the hard work by so many people at our school. I am incredibly proud to be a part of the great team we have here at CHS. It truly is an honor and a joy to contribute to Kahok success,” said CHS Athletic Trainer Amanda Baugher.

“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 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 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

Collinsville High School serves 9-12 grade students in Collinsville Community Unit School District #10. Unit #10 is comprised of 13 schools, serving 6,500 students Pre K-12 in Madison & St. Clair Counties in southwestern Illinois.

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

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