Ewing High School’s Athletic Department was recently honored as a recipient of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award. This prestigious award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide the safest environments for student-athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. Ewing High School is the first school in New Jersey to receive this recognition. “Ewing High School is honored to receive this recognition from the NATA. It is a testament to the high quality of care provided by our athletic trainer, Dave Csillan, and our coaches,” Ewing High School Athletic Director Bud Kowal stated. “Our goal is always to keep 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.” In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must demonstrate they do the following: · Create a positive athletic health care administration 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 psycho-social consultation and nutritional counseling/education· Be sure athletes and parents are educated about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities "If your secondary school has an athletic trainer, there is no reason why you shouldn't have this award, states David Csillan, Head Athletic Trainer at Ewing High School. “ It shows you have a plan in place ensuring the best possible health care for your student-athletes. Not to mention, it's a great public relations tool for your school and the athletic training profession". “There is no greater responsibility we have than the health, safety and welfare of our student-athletes,” Mr. Kowal added. “We are fortunate to have the expertise of Mr. Csillan in our athletic program and thrilled to receive the Safe Sports School Award.” About the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey ATSNJ, Inc. consists of licensed athletic trainers, physicians and other allied health care professionals whose goal is to promote quality healthcare for athletes in any setting. For more information on athletic training and various other sport safety issues, please visit: www.atsnj.org, like us on Facebook at “ATSNJ’s New Jersey Sports Safety” and follow us on Twitter @NJSportSafety. Article by: Allan Parsells, MS, ATC Original article by: Ewing High School Photo: (L to R): Bud Kowal (Athletic Director, David Csillan, (Athletic Trainer) and Dr. Rodney Logan (Principal) from Ewing High School.