The Athletic Department at The Oakridge School has been recognized with the Safe Sports School Award – 1st Team by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.
The award also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
"We are absolutely honored to receive the 1st Team recognition from the NATA, and we remain committed to providing every student-athlete with the most comprehensive, highest quality individual sports medicine health care available in a professional, efficient, compassionate and service-oriented manner. Our goal is to always lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our athletes," said Adam Campbell, Oakridge Head Athletic Trainer.
A school may earn a 1st or 2nd Team Award.
Oakridge invests in the health and well-being of its students by having a full-time nurse, Kim Campbell-Martinez (middle), and two full-time athletic trainers, Adam Campbell (left) and Sarah McMinn (right), on staff.
The Safe Sports School Award – 1st Team is awarded to schools that act on all of the elements recommended or required by the NATA, which include the following:
· Create a positive athletic health care administrative system
· Provide or coordinate per-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 venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
· Provide or facilitate psycho-social consultation and nutritional counseling/education
· Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Visit https://www.nata.org/advocacy/youth-sports-safety/safe-sports-schools to learn more about NATA, safety and youth sports. Oakridge offers 15 varsity sports in which students can compete. Visit www.theoakridgeschool.org to learn more.