SSA Receives NATA Safe Sports School Award for Athletic Training

NATA Safe Sports School Award logoShady Side Academy has earned the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School 2nd Team Award for its athletic training program. The award recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports, and it reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

SSA's athletic training staff consists of Head Athletic Trainer Chris Rose, MS, LAT, ATC, and Assistant Athletic Trainer Brynn Mahoney, MS, LAT, ATC.

"Shady Side Academy is honored to receive this recognition from NATA," said Rose. "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. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players."

In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, athletic programs must do the following:
Chris Rose
Brynn Mahoney
  • 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. Learn more about the Safe Sports School Award.

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) represents and supports 45,000 members of the athletic training profession. Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. For more information, visit

Hear what some of our student-athletes have to say about their experience with SSA's award-winning athletic trainers:

Watch the full videos for each student:

Sean K | Tanner T | Rose G | Emory A

Congratulation to SSA athletic trainers Chris Rose and Brynn Mahoney on the award!

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