September 22, 2019
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Bangor High School, Northern Light EMMC recognized for Safe Sports School Award

Community Author: Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center
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Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center | Contributed
Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center | Contributed

BANGOR — Hard work pays off, and for the last two years, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and Bangor High School have collaborated to provide athletic training services to their student athletes through Northern Light Sports Health athletic trainers Amy Curry and Tyler Jamison.

Recently, the high school was awarded with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award. Bangor is the eighteenth school in Maine to receive the award and the fifth of which Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center provides athletic training services to.

“Bangor High School is honored to receive recognition from the NATA, and remains committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices and games so they can accomplish their goals,” explains Steve Vanidestine, athletic director. “With 21 athletic teams and more than 250 athletes, we will continue to lead in providing our athletic programs with the highest safety standards, and I appreciate Amy and Tyler’s dedication to ensuring this.”

The award champions safety and identifies secondary schools that provide a safe setting for student athletes, and emphasizes the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment. In order to reach Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must create a positive athletic healthcare administrative system; provide an appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes; promote safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities; and plan for selection, fit, function, and proper maintenance of athletic equipment among other tactics to provide a safe experience for the athletes.

“Athletic trainers play an essential role in high school athletic programs by overseeing the healthcare of student athletes, and coordinating and directing preventative care for a wide range of injuries to help the student athletes be successful,” explains JP Stowe, ATC, program manager, Northern Light Sports Health. “This award reinforces all of hard work and commitment that has been accomplished with this partnership.”

For information, call 973-9530 or e-mail emmcmediarequest@northernlight.org.