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San Juan Hills High School, from Capistrano Unified, received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its efforts to provide safe and supportive environments for student athletes.

The award recognizes schools nationally that provide the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

student athletes and staff from San Juan Hills High pose inside the school gymThe National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession.

“SJHHS is honored to receive this recognition from NATA, and 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, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health,” said SJHHS Athletic Trainer, Micah Ohlen. “Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players.”

To become eligible for the award, schools must meet each of the following criteria:

  • 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 of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Five local schools have won the honor in the past. They are Brea Olinda High in Brea Olinda Unified, Northwood High in Irvine Unified, Beckman High in Tustin Unified, Valley High in Santa Ana Unified, and Edison High in Huntington Beach Union.

Mission Statement
The mission of the San Juan Hills High School Sports Medicine Program is to provide dedicated optimal health care to student-athletes with compassion, trust, and efficiency.  With a highly qualified and dedicated sports medicine team, we strive to take athletic health care to a higher level with advanced diagnostic care, urgent care, medical specialty and on-site emergency care. It is the goal of the sports medicine team to provide healthcare and other medical services that will protect all that compete within the athletic program at San Juan Hills High School.

Services Provided
¤ Injury prevention  ¤ Performance enhancement ¤ Emergency medical care  

¤  Prophylactic bracing/wrapping ¤ Rehabilitation   ¤  Therapeutic modalities

¤Concussion management  ¤  Hydration Education ¤ Nutritional counseling  

¤  Heat Illness education & prevention

*Referral to advanced specialty medical care, surgical services, physical therapy, chiropractic services, family practice and urgent care.

Understanding the Role of Our Athletic Trainer
Athletic trainers are healthcare professionals that provide services which encompass the emergency medical care, injury prevention, diagnosis, first-aid, and rehabilitation in order to improve the physical health of our athletes on and off the field.  Athletic trainers can be found in a multitude of settings, including colleges/universities, hospitals, physical therapy clinics and orthopedic medical facilities.   Athletic trainers or ATCs, work in cooperation and under the direction of the team physician(s).  Other allied health care professions that work in conjunction with your ATC include physical therapist, chiropractors, dentists, psychologists, and emergency services.  Athletic trainers save lives, mentor athletes and work in the community to foster healthy-living and well-being.  For more on athletic training, or to verify the certification of your athletic trainer, follow the links below.

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