Safe Sports School Award

All 25 FCPS High Schools Receive National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

All 25 FCPS high schools have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award recognizing our ongoing commitment to promoting safe sports participation. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. It also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

The Office of Student Activities and Athletics Programs and the FCPS Athletic Training Program remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship, and good health. 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.” Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he notes.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, each school’s 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 and education.
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities.

More information is available online.