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Pebble Hills High School First in City to Earn ‘Safe Sports’ Award

Pebble Hills High School has earned the Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for its comprehensive athletic injury health care and career-oriented education program. The school is the first in El Paso to receive the award.

The Safe Sports School Award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. It reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Our efficacious and passionate athletic trainers have propelled Pebble Hills High School to achieve Safe Sports School status,” said Marivel Macias, SISD Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services. “They have worked 24/7/365 to promote, plan, develop, and provide a collaborative vision and system within our Pebble Hills community that ensures the needs of our student athletes are a priority for all stakeholders. In their hearts, our students’ health and safety comes first!”

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, the Pebble Hills High School athletic program has:

  • Created a positive athletic health care administrative system
  • Provided or coordinated pre-participation physical examinations
  • Promoted safe and appropriate practice and competition facilities
  • Planned for selection, fit function and proper maintenance of athletic equipment
  • Provided a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes
  • Developed injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions
  • Provided or facilitated injury intervention
  • Created and rehearsed a venue-specific Emergency Action Plan
  • Provided or facilitated psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education.
  • Ensured athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Fulfilling these safety requirements has always been the goal of everyone at the high school from the administrators to the athletic department, said Chris Lopez, one of the school’s athletic trainers.

“Ultimately we want to make sure our students are always safe, preventing as much injury as we can just to give them that opportunity to compete at the highest level possible,” Lopez said. “Every department was involved. This award validates that we are all focused on safety.”

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