Loudoun County, Va. (November 30, 2014) – All eligible Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools have received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award.
This 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.
Ten LCPS high schools received “First Team” designation for this award.
These schools included:
- Briar Woods
- John Champe
- Loudoun County
- Loudoun Valley
- Park View
- Potomac Falls
Three schools received “Second Team” recognition. These schools included:
- Broad Run
- Stone Bridge
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, 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.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports 39,000 members of the athletic training profession.