Athletics News

The Bush School Received National Athletic Trainer's Association Safe Sports School Award

Seattle/March 23, 2020 – The Bush School is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for its athletic program. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
“We are honored to receive this 2nd Team recognition from NATA,” said Director of Athletics, Jo Ito.  “We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during team practices, and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship, and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players."

“The health and safety of student-athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “NATA created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to enhancing safety in sports. We are proud to see the list of award recipients grow exponentially each year as schools see the immense value in holding themselves to best practices and policies that ensure a high standard of athlete care.”

Athletic Director Jo Ito is grateful for having a health care professional avaialble to lead injury prevention, first aid/injury, and rehabiliation efforts: "A huge thank you goes to our Athletic Trainer, Grace Katt.  Grace played a vital role in establishing a long list of safety and health procedures which have put us in a position to be considered for this prestigeous award.  The timing couldn't have been better - March is National Athletic Training Month, an opportunity to celebrate the positive impact that Athletic Trainers have on work, life and sports. It's a perfect time to receive this award and to celebrate all the great work Grace provides for our program".

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must meet the following requirement:
  • 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 about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
To apply, schools complete an in-depth questionnaire that assesses adherence to best practice standards and recommendations. For more information about the Safe Sports School Award, please visit