The Webb School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School award for its athletics 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.
"I am very excited that the National Athletic Trainers' Association has recognized The Webb School as a 1st Team Safe Sports School for a second three-year term," said Webb Director of Athletics Scott Dorsett, CMAA. "Our athletic trainer, Laken Puckett, M.S. A.T.C., LAT, does a tremendous job ensuring our athletes receive the best care and are prepared both pre- and post-seasons. Our mission in the athletics department is to always put the health and safety of our student-athletes first."
Puckett added, "My goal as the athletic trainer is to ensure that Webb is a place where our students can be safe and healthy throughout their competitive seasons and beyond. The Webb Athletic Department strives to lead the student-athletes and coaches to the highest safety standards, and we are honored that the NATA has chosen to recognize this commitment."
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, as The Webb 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, and
- 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.