Published on September 15, 2015

Owensboro Health Assists In High Schools Receiving National Athletic Trainers' Association Safe Sports School Award

The athletic programs at Apollo and Daviess County high schools have been honored with National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Awards in recognition of commitment to providing safe environments for student athletes. The award is designed to reinforce and celebrate the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

Owensboro Health is the official sports medicine provider for Apollo and Daviess County high schools. Athletic trainers and orthopedic physicians work one-on-one with the student athletes to ensure they have safe and productive seasons.

“At Owensboro Health Medical Group - Orthopedics, we demand superior patient care and strive for excellence in treating all of our patients and student athletes without exception. The complexity of many athletic injuries and cases generally call for precise and collaborative action from our entire orthopedic team of professionals.  These efforts take the form of preseason testing, concussion management, provision of on-site athletic trainers for immediate care during sporting events, and a highly qualified team of clinically trained staff to plan surgeries and therapy in such a way to maximize time on the field.  We are able to accomplish all of this tremendous work because we have the support of an entire team of people including the coaches, the parents and most importantly, the student athlete,” said orthopedic surgeon, Mark McGinnis, MD.

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do the following:

  • Create a positive athletic healthcare 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 of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

“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.”

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About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit