NCHSAA Member Schools Earn NATA Safe Sports School Awards

       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!