RCSHS receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Photo of RCSHS student-athletes representing each school team

Rowan County Senior High School has been named as the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its Vikings 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.

“On behalf of the staff and student-athletes at Rowan County Senior High School, I am honored to receive this 2nd Team recognition from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association,” said Dr. Ray Ginter, principal at Rowan County Senior high School.  “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.”

 “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 Sport School status, as Rowan County Senior 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

“Receiving this honor from National Athletic Trainers’ Association was only possible because of the great people and healthcare providers in our school system and community,” said Tyler Pruitt, athletic trainer at Rowan County Senior High School.  “I know we will continue our commitment to keeping our student-athletes safe and healthy so they can continue to pursue their dreams and play the sports that they love. Our goal at RCSHS is to keep our student-athletes safe by holding our athletics program to high safety standards.” 

 “Rowan County Senior High School is one of handful of high schools that employs a full-time athletic trainer,” said Ed Jones, RCSHS assistant principal and athletic director.  “We are very fortunate to have someone like Tyler Pruitt on board who not only works with our student-athletes, he is also working with our coaches to ensure that they have all the tools necessary to keep our student-athletes and coaching staff safe, which makes for a successful Viking athletic program.”

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 43,000 members of the athletic training profession.  For more information please visit: www.athletictrainers.org or www.nata.org.

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