A total of 10 North Carolina High School Athletic Association schools have earned first-team Safe Sports School designation from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
This award recognizes secondary schools that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.
In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the following:
Create a comprehensive 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 venue-specific Emergency Action Plans
Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
Educate athletes and parents about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Schools may earn a 1st Team or 2nd Team Safe Sports School award. The 1st Team awards are given to schools that have acted on all recommended and required elements of the Safe Sports School checklist.
These schools have earned First Team designations:
Ayden-Grifton High School
D.H. Conley High School
Farmville Central High School
J.H. Rose High School
Nash Central High School
North Pitt High School
Northwest Cabarrus High School
Overhills High School
South Central High School
Southeast Guilford High School
Congratulations to all the winners!