Oswego High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Panther Athletic Training Program.
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.
“Oswego is honored to receive this first 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, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” Athletic Director Darren Howard said in a press release. Howard works alongside Head Athletic Trainer Brian Cronin.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Oswego 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 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