Oak Mountain High earns NATA Safe Sports School award

Oak Mountain High School was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports Award. (FILE)

Oak Mountain High School was the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports Award. (FILE)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Oak Mountain High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Athletic Training and Athletics Programs. The 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.

“Oak Mountain High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” Dexter LeBlanc, OMHS Athletic Director wrote in a release.

Physical activity is very important for our youth, NATA president Jim Thornton, MS, ATC, CES, wrote in a release.“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 wrote.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Oak Mountain High School did, athletic programs must 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, among other standards.