Bloomfield Hills High School was recently awarded the Safe Sports School Team award by the National Athletic Trainers' Association for high school athletics and athletic training. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. BHHS is the first public high school in Oakland County who has attained this award and 1 out of 23 schools out of 815 in the state of Michigan!
"Bloomfield Hills is honored to receive this team recognition from NATA, and 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. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players," said John Ciecko, head athletic trainer for Bloomfield Hills Schools.
"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 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 families are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their
More information is available through the National Athletic Trainers' Association, or by contacting:
John Ciecko III, MS, AT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer
Bloomfield Hills Schools
About NATA: National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport 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 44,000 members of the athletic training profession.