Yorktown High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its athletics program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes.
The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury, prevention and treatment.
"We are honored to receive this recognition, and 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," Athletic Director Fio Nardone said. "Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,"
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ralph Napolitano said he was not surprised by the award.
"Our outstanding Directors of Athletics and Facilities, Athletic Trainer, nurses and coaches are all committed to our athletes’ safety, health and overall wellbeing," he said. "Dave Byrnes, our Athletic Trainer, has initiated myriad responsible protocols and processes to prevent injury and to reduce risks for every athlete in every sport."
In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, the Yorktown Athletic Program:
• Creates a positive athletic health care administrative system
• Provides or coordinates pre-participation physical examinations
• Promotes safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
• Plans for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
• Provides a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
• Develops injury and illness prevention strategies
• Facilitates injury intervention
• Creates and rehearses a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
• Facilitates psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education
• Educates athletes and parents of potential benefits and risks in sports