Temple High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Temple High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Athletic Training Program.

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.

“Temple 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,” said Athletic Trainer Windee Skrabanek.

“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.”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Temple High School did, 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

For more information please visit www.athletictrainers.org.

Additionally, March is National Athletic Trainer Month. 

Here are a few things Athletic Trainers do for our Temple ISD athletes:

  • ATs treat the hurting and wounded.
  • ATs keep student athletes safe.
  • ATs keep the physically active healthy.
  • ATs are experts in immediate care.
  • ATs aid in the rehabilitation process.
  • ATs are health care providers too.
  • Athletes return to activity with a smile.

Of course, student Athletic Trainers are students in training as well. 

As students in the Sports Medicine program, they’re gaining valuable knowledge and skills they can take to college and a future career in Sports Medicine, which is an in-demand field.

Take a look at this story in the Temple Daily Telegram:

Temple High named Safe Sports School

Temple High School's athletic training program was recently recognized with a Safe Sports School Award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. The award is designed to raise awareness of safety needs and recognize secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.