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SCHOOL BOARD HONORS ATHLETIC TRAINERS
April 21, 2015
Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center athletic trainers were honored at the Granbury ISD school board meeting on April 20, 2015.
The trainers are the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award. The 1st Team honor champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
Under the supervision of athletic trainers Connie Rhodes and Andy Rankin, this year’s group of student trainers includes Bob Burnham, Hannah Dewey, Lindsay Harrison, Trinity Hathaway, Sarah Jenson, Tristyn Jones, Katelyn Lawler, Cheyenne Ollinger, Alexis Rushing, Jeffrey Robinson, Abby Shepherd, and Wesley Tredway.
“GHS is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health,” said Rhodes and Rankin. “Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.”
The students learn and participate in prevention, care, first-aid, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. They put in a lot of hours – with daily direct training room duties and providing training coverage at assigned athletic events both at home and away competitions.
Physical activity is very important for our youth, according to NATA president Jim Thornton. “There has been an increase in competitive sports, which are, unfortunately, not without risk. Brain injury/concussion, cardiac arrest, heat illness, exertional sickling, cervical spine fractures and other injuries and illnesses are potentially life-threatening,” Thornton said. Proper planning with proper equipment and personnel is vital to the safety of student athletes today, he noted.
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do the following:
“The student athletic trainers are an invaluable part of the GHS sports medicine program. Without their assistance we would not be able to provide the outstanding medical coverage to the GISD athletic teams,” stated Rhodes and Rankin. “They also provide assistance to us by being our second sets of eyes, ears, and hands. With this support, it allows us to perform the advanced tasks and procedures that are part of being a licensed athletic trainer.”
- 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
Additional information is available on the GHS website at www.granburyisd.org/piratesportsmedicine.
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