Thursday May 26, 2016
In recognition of its Athletic Medicine/Athletic Training Program, South Burlington High School (SBHS) received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award. The 1st Team 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.
Director of Student Activities Ed Hockenbury was pleased to receive the award. “We are proud to have been selected for this recognition. Our athletic trainers, Denise Alosa and Krista Campbell, work hard to keep our athletes as safe as possible and our coaches educated and prepared. So, while injuries remain an unfortunate reality in sports, we do take pride in doing all we can to create a safe environment for our student athletes,” he said.
The banner was presented to the student body and parents at the Essex vs. South Burlington lacrosse game, May 18.
“We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD, ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”
SBHS achieved Safe Sport School recognition by setting high standards and providing a positive athletic health care administrative system in a top-notch program crafted and facilitated by Denise Alosa, MS, ATC. She has been the full time athletic trainer at South Burlington High School since 1998, and in recognition of her positive impact on the the health and education of athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators at the local, state, regional, and national levels, is the first athletic trainer to be inducted into the Vermont Principal’s Association (VPA) Hall of Fame. In addition to her work at SBHS, Alosa is a faculty member and curriculum director at the University of Vermont, the Vermont City Marathon’s medical coordinator, and the Athletic Trainer Advisor to the State of Vermont Office of Professional Regulation.
“It is so nice to be recognized for something that South Burlington High School has done right for many years, and that is having a comprehensive athletic healthcare plan. We were one of the first schools in Vermont to have a full time athletic trainer, and we are fortunate to continue to have such a supportive school/administrative team to continue to lead the state in sports safety with such things as concussion action plans, emergency action plan drills, and student athletes CPR/AED training, “ Alosa said.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School banner will hang in the SBHS gym and stadium at Munson field; the award recognizes the school for a period of 3 years.