Frederica Academy is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
Southeast Georgia Health System provides athletic trainer services to all Glynn County high schools as well as to Brantley County High School, McIntosh County Academy, Frederica Academy and the College of Coastal Georgia. These services include practice and athletic event coverage and daily athletic training room hours.
“Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” says Adam Norman, MS, LAT, ATC, athletic trainer, Southeast Georgia Health System. “This is something that we began working towards five years ago when I was hired at the Health System and assigned Frederica Academy as my school. I wanted to ensure our student athlete’s health, safety, and well-being while participating in physical activity and athletics. 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.”
“The health and safety of student athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC. “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to safety in sports. We are proud to see the list of award recipients grow exponentially each year as schools see the immense value in holding themselves to best practices and policies that ensure a high standard of athlete care.”
In order to achieve Safe Sports 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 about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
For more information about Southeast Georgia Health System’s athletic trainer services, visit sghs.org.