News · Clinton Prairie Recognized as a 1st Team Safe Sports School

Clinton Prairie Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Program recognizes high schools that prioritize keeping young athletes safe


Frankfort/January 18, 2019 – Clinton Prairie Junior/Senior High School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its Athletics 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.

“Clinton Prairie is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA,” said Brian Eaton, Athletic Director at Clinton Prairie.  “We 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, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players. We appreciate the efforts put forth by our Athletic Trainer, Laura Harrison, in helping us obtain the classification as a 1st Team Safe Sports School. Our coaching staff is fortunate to have such a dedicated athletic trainer who always puts the well being of our student athletes first.”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Clinton Prairie 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 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