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Deering High School Named a Safe Sports School

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Deering High School Named a Safe Sports School
Posted on 12/19/2016
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Deering High School has been named a Safe Sports School 1st Team by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). The designation is valid for a three-year period, from Dec. 6, 2016 through December 5, 2019.

“This is a very prestigious award and in fact Deering is the first PPS school to earn this honor,” said Deering Athletic Director Mel Craig. “Deering is only the fifth school in the state of Maine to be recognized with this award.”

She credits the school’s success to having a “foundation of great people” involved in Deering Athletics, including with staff, coaches, players and parents. Craig especially credited the school’s athletic trainer, Gregory Tosi, saying his “11 years of years of service to Deering Athletics has resulted in an incredibly positive impact on our community.”

Craig said Tosi “has taken the lead in helping to implement, direct and ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep our young student-athletes safe. Greg has developed numerous programs to assist our kids in meeting the high demands physically, mentally and spiritually of being a student-athlete.”

In order to qualify a school must meet and excel in each of the following areas:

• 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 psycho-social consultation and nutritional counseling/education

• Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

“We have earned the highest safety standard for our student-athletes,” Craig said.