Peddie athletic training receives national recognition

Peddie received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School 1st Team Award in November for the school’s ongoing commitment to promoting safe sports participation.

Logo for Safe Sports School 1st Team

The award, which gives Peddie the Safe Sports School status for three years, recognizes secondary schools across the country that provide the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment for student-athletes. Peddie first claimed the honor in 2015.

“We are proud to have maintained our elite ‘1st Team’ designation,” said Jose Roca, ATC, Peddie’s head athletic trainer. “Thanks to continued support from the school administration, health center staff, athletic department and all of our coaches, the athletic training program has been able to implement the safest policies and procedures and ensure the best medical care for our students.”

Roca added, “I commend Assistant Athletic Trainer Robin Gerber for completing the extensive application process to make this achievement happen again for us.”

"Congratulations to our athletic trainers and health center for garnishing such a prestigious standing," said Director of Athletics Jason Baseden. "We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, sportsmanship and good health."

Peddie’s athletic training program was considered based on extensive health and safety-related criteria, including 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.