CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- St. Anne's-Belfield School is being recognized for its efforts to keep young athletes safe.
The school has received the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award for its Athletic Training Program.
The award highlights the importance of providing a high level of care, injury prevention and treatment for injuries for young athletes.
"We are honored to receive this first 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, fair sportsmanship and good health," said Shari Norte, the head athletic trainer at StAB. "Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our student-athletes."
In order to be recognized as a Safe Sport School, athletic programs have to meet several criteria, including creating a positive athletic health care administrative system, provide or coordinate pre-participation physical examinations, promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities, provide or facilitate injury intervention, and create and rehearse a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan, among others.
The secondary schools must also provide a permanent and appropriately-equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes, develop injury and illness prevention strategies, and be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities.