Lincoln Academy senior spring athletes pose with LA Athletic Director KJ Anastasio and Athletic Trainer Megan Day and the new Safe Sports School Banner. From left: boys tennis player Marcus Russano, girls lacrosse player Skyler Houghton, track athlete (javelin) Joshua Berryman, softball player Grace Houghton, Athletic Director KJ Anastasio, Athletic Trainer Megan Day, baseball player Nick Prior, track athlete Erica Johnson, boys lacrosse player Will Farrell, girls tennis player Olivia Nixon.
Lincoln Academy is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award for the second year in a row. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports, reinforcing the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.
Lincoln Academy Athletic Trainer Megan Day, now in her eighth year as LA’s Athletic Trainer, spearheaded the effort to maintain the standards recognized by NATA.
“We are honored to receive this recognition from NATA,” said LA Athletic Director KJ Anastasio. “We remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe and we are lucky to have Megan leading the way in this effort during practice and competition year round.”
“The health and safety of student athletes is critical as it has both immediate and long-term effects,” said NATA President Kathy Dieringer, EdD, LAT, ATC. “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association created the ‘Safe Sports School Award’ to recognize and champion schools nationwide that are committed to safety in sports.”
In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Lincoln Academy did, athletic programs must do the following:
- 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.
Lincoln Academy has 27 varsity and JV teams that compete in Maine Class B as part of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference. More than 30% of LA students compete on one or more athletic teams. Megan Day supervises safety, concussion protocols, and injury prevention for all of the LA teams as well as the fitness strength and conditioning classes that take place during the school day.
”It’s an honor to receive this award on behalf of LA for a second time,” said Day. “I hope the athletes, parents and community members appreciate how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep our student athletes safe and performing at their best!”
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association represents and supports more than 40,000 members of the athletic training profession.