Lakers News · Lakeland High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award


LaGrange, IN | December 3, 2018 – Lakeland High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Athletic Department. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

“Lakeland High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA,” said Roman Smith, Athletic Director at Lakeland School Corporation. “We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices, and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal, as we are partnered with Parkview Sports Medicine, is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.”

“The health and safety of student-athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “NATA created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to enhancing safety in sports. We are proud to see the list of award recipients grow exponentially each year as schools see the immense value in holding themselves to best practices and policies that ensure a high standard of athlete care.”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Lakeland High School did, athletic programs must do the following:

  • 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 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

To apply, schools complete an in-depth questionnaire that assesses adherence to best practice standards and recommendations. For more information about the Safe Sports School Award, please visit www.athletictrainers.org.