Honor recognizes programs for efforts to curb injuries


FARMINGTON — Farmington High School athletics has received a first-team Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers Association this month.

FHS was the only high school in the Four Corners region to apply for and win the award.

NATA is a professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. 

The award, which gives high schools the Safe Sports School status for a three-year period, recognizes high school athletic programs across the country for their efforts in helping prevent student-athlete injuries.

FHS athletic trainer Melynda Brenton stated in an email that athletic programs must do the following to achieve the Safe Sports School status:

  • 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 venue-specific emergency action plan.
  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial 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.