Northern Garrett High School Receives National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award

Last Updated on Oct 17, 2014 at 3:52pm

Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe

Northern Garrett High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for all of the Husky athletic programs. 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.

“We are very honored to receive this 1st team recognition from NATA, and 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, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletic program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Mrs. Terry Stough, Certified Athletic Trainer/Licensed Athletic Trainer. “I would like to especially thank Mrs. Aiken, our school nurse, the Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad for game coverage, Dr. Dan Miller, who provides free physicals for our athletes, Mike and Carol Voelkel from GOPT, and Dr. David Tuel and his staff for assisting me throughout my years at Northern Garrett since 1986.”

Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening.” He notes that proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs, such as Northern High, 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;
Educate athletes and parents about the potential benefits and risks in sports, as well as their responsibilities.
Terry Stough, Certified Athletic Trainer/Licensed Athletic Trainer.

Pictured above: Cody Wilt, Northern Rescue Squad; Terry Stough, teacher and athletic trainer; Phil Carr, teacher and athletic director; Husky Mascot (Eli Eggleston); Gary Reichenbecher, Principal; Paul Edwards, Director of Secondary Education; and Matt Eggleston, Vice Principal.
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