The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes, and the highest level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
Only 4 high schools in Arkansas met the rigorous standards.
"This award validates our commitment to safety in all our athletic programs," Scott Passmore, Athletic Director at Bentonville Schools, said in a press release. "Our athletic trainers serve over 1,600 junior high and high school student athletes. We know that a safe environment for competition leads to success. We have high standards for the safety of our student athletes."
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, BHS athletic programs must do the following:
- 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.