Hanover Park Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award Program

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EAST HANOVER — Hanover  Park  High  School  is  the  recipient  of  the  National  Athletic  Trainers’  Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. 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.

Hanover Park Athletic Trainer stated, “I would like to thank all that are involved in helping keep Hanover Park a safe place for all sports. Thank you to all Hanover Park athletic programs, the student athletes and Hanover Parks administration. This award is a huge team effort from all in the Hanover Park community. For our current and future student athletes, I would like to continue the practice of safe sports across all athletic programs. Great job HP on a terrific accomplishment.”

“Hanover Park is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA,” said Thomas Callanan, Principal. “We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices, and games so they can accomplish their goals in good health while engaging in great competition and demonstrating fair sportsmanship. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.” “The  health  and  safety  of  student-­‐athletes  is  critical  as  it  has  both  immediate  and  long-­‐term  effects,”  said  NATA  President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “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.”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Hanover Park 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  about  the  potential  benefits  and  risks  in  sports  as  well  as  their responsibilities