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Collaboration between PSM, high schools earn Safe Sports School designation

By Eric Dutkiewicz; Aaron Dohring, 03/13/19, 4:15PM EDT

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – As the exclusive sports medicine provider for 25 high schools in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio, Parkview Sports Medicine strives to promote safety for student-athletes.

The diligent collaboration between Parkview Sports Medicine and its partner schools has been nationally-recognized through Safe Sports School Awards for several area high schools.

The Safe Sports School Award, given by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, champions the safety, best care practices, injury prevention and treatment for athletes competing in secondary schools nationwide.

“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” NATA president Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC, said in a statement. “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.”

Schools earning the Safe Sports School fulfill these criteria set out by the NATA:

  • 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

Funding for the award application process came from a grant from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.

“What we, as athletic trainers through Parkview Sports Medicine, are all about is getting the kids the best possible care,” Parkview Sports Medicine care navigation supervisor/athletic trainer Mary Cuson, MS, LAT, ATC, says. “We are able to give them tangible proof that we are indeed doing what’s absolutely best for them. I feel like it’s also us showing them we’ve made an investment in their future.”

Parkview Sports Medicine has teamed with local high schools and colleges since 1990, providing athletic training, nutrition, athletic rehabilitation and orthopedic services to their student-athletes.