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SHS Receives National Safe Sports Award

National Athletic Trainers' Program Recognizes High Schools that Prioritize Keeping Young Athletes Safe

At Selah High School, keeping athletes “in the game” is the top priority.  In earning recent recognition, the school has definitely scorSelah High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award. ed as it is a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Sports Medicine Program and Athletic Training. 

The Safe Sports School 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.

“Thanks to stellar students as well as coach and teacher leadership, Selah High School is honored to receive this Second Team recognition from NATA,” said Jeff Cochran, Director of Future Learning and Assistant Principal.  “The partnership between CTE and our Athletic Department helps all of our students show future ready skills.”

Selah High School Athletic Director, Jake Davis, said, “Selah remains 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.”  Davis said, “The goal is to lead Selah’s athletic programs to the highest safety standards for players.”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Selah 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 interventions;

• 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.

“The health and safety of student-athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President, Tory Lindley.  “NATA created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to enhancing 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.”

At Selah High School, keeping athletes “in the game” is the goal.  Being awarded the Safe Sports School Award proves the Vikings have definitely scored!