WTHS Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School- First Team Award
Washington Township High School has been named as a recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NARA) Safe Sports School – First Team Award for its Minutemen/Minutemaids athletic program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to prioritize keeping young athletes safe and improving safety in sports. It reinforces the importance of providing the best-level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
“I congratulate our high school athletic department -Director of Athletics Kevin Murphy and our athletic trainers Dr. Eric Schwartz and Stephanie Mroz Mosiondz - who work tirelessly to promote and uphold the highest standards of athletic healthcare and provide a consistently safe and healthy environment for our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and spectators,” Superintendent of Schools Joe Bollendorf said. “We have an exceptional team who is most deserving of this recognition.”
"Our WTHS Athletic Community celebrates this recognition from the NATA," Murphy said. "It is the third recognition for our school, 2015, 2018 and 2021. Dr Schwartz and Mrs. Mroz- Mosiondz continue to provide the best of care to our over 1200 student athletes".
“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 WTHS 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
- Ensure athletes and parents are educated about 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 45,000 members of the athletic training profession. For more information, visit www.nata.org. At Your Own Risk is NATA’s public awareness campaign designed to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life, and sport. In an effort to provide comprehensive information, the association has launched a website that provides recommendations on keeping student athletes and communities active and employees safe on the job. Visit AtYourOwnRisk.org.