The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) recently recognized Brunswick School with its First Team Safe Sports School Award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
“Brunswick is honored to receive this 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,” Brunswick athletic director Ron VanBelle said. “Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.”
The award recognized the effort of the entire Brunswick athletic training program, led by Marc Strileckis. Along with fellow athletic trainers Ryan McGrath, Will Perkins and David Aylward, the quartet works countless hours providing the strongest level of care for Brunswick students.
“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” NATA president Scott Sailor said. “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.”
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as Brunswick 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, and plan for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment.
Athletic programs must also provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes, develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions and provide or facilitate injury intervention.