Parkland High and CH receive athlete safety award

By: Florence Brown   December 15, 2015
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ALLENTOWN, PA December 15, 2015 – Parkland High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award. 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.

“Parkland 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,” said Jeff Geisel, Director of Athletics at Parkland School District. “Coordinated Health has been an excellent partner in sports medicine leadership.”

In Pennsylvania, there are no laws requiring a medical professional to be present at sporting events or practices. The Parkland School District sports medicine team is exceptional in its size, including 4 Certified Athletic Trainers (ATs), 1 Physician’s Assistant and 1 Team Physician. The team provides coverage, oversight and guidance across training room hours, practices, game days and special events.

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, Parkland High School has committed to 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 of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

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