Allentown News

Published on February 7th, 2018


William Allen High School Receives National Safe Sports School Award

Allentown, PA – William Allen High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletic program. 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.

“William Allen High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we 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,” says Scott Cooperman, Athletic Director, William Allen High School. “For the past two years, St. Luke’s University Health Network has provided our athletics program at William Allen High School with the highest level of care for our student-athletes for which the NATA has so proudly recognized William Allen High School as a Safe Sports School.”

“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”

“This award recognizes the combined efforts of William Allen High School and St. Luke’s University Health Network to achieve the National Athletic Training Association’s Safe Sport School Award,” says John Hauth, PhD, Senior Director of Sports Medicine Relationships, St. Luke’s University Health Network.  “Secondary schools from around the country are taking the crucial steps to ensure the safety and well- being of student athletes. These steps include injury prevention programs, physical exams, behavioral health, emergency preparedness, and medical care.  St. Luke’s would like to recognize the individuals that have given their time and effort to make this award possible.”

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as William Allen 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

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