The District works closely with St. Vincent's Medical Center Clay County to keep student athletes safer through a program called St. Vincent’s Sports Performance Powered By Southeast Orthopedic Specialists. This past school year, Clay County Athletic Trainers and St. Vincent's worked together to achieve the “Safe Sports School” status for all high schools. This recognition demonstrates the commitment of Clay County Schools’ athletic trainers, athletic directors, coaches, and the St. Vincent’s team.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association through our partnership with St. Vincent’s. As a school system and a community, this shows we are proactive and remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices, and athletic events. Our goal is to lead our athletic programs to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Superintendent Addison Davis.
“Our Mission calls us to care for our community in a holistic, reverent way,” said Garry Gillis, St. Vincent’s HealthCare’s Director of SportsMedicine. “St. Vincent’s Sports Performance Powered By Southeast Orthopedic Specialists is a comprehensive sports medicine program committed to keeping our community’s student athletes safe by helping them prevent injuries and by providing them with medical care should they need it. We are honored to serve our neighbors through this partnership with Clay County District Schools.”
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do 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
“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “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.”
For more information please visit: www.athletictrainers.org.
About NATA: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 44,000 members of the athletic training profession. Visit www.nata.org.