Press Releases Pine City High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe Pictured Becky Huberty, FirstLight ATC and Alex Wimmer, Dragon Football Player Pine City High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for high school athletics. 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. “One of the things I wanted to accomplish in addition to building a clinical Sports Medicine practice with FirstLight was to implement a program at the schools to ensure we are doing everything possible to keep our athletes safe. I received confirmation that Pine City High School was accepted as a 1st Team Safe Sports School through the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,” said FirstLight Sports Medicine’s, Dr. Mullin. “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, as Pine City High School 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 psycho-social 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 About NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport 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.