KHS receives athletic training award

Kingsford High School was recognized with a National Athletic Trainers Safe Sports School award. Pictured with the Safe Sports School award banner are high school athletic director Al Unger, athletic trainer Mary Ryan, high school principal Lyle Smithson, Dickinson County Heathcare System orthopedic surgeon Dr, Sarah Venditti, DCHS orthopedic physician's assistant Lane Lindeman, DCHS orthopedic and sports medicine coordinator Marcus Smithson and high school assistant principal Doug Roberts. (Submitted Photo)

Kingsford High School received the National Athletic Trainers Association Safe Sports School award for its athletic program.

Kingsford and Dickinson County Healthcare System collaboration are the first organizations in the Upper Peninsula or northeast Wisconsin to be awarded for a second-award cycle.

By being a Safe Sports School, the Dickinson County Healthcare System and Kingsford High School are committed to emphasizing quality and safety beyond the walls of the hospital or the school building to better benefit the community.

“A facet of the healthcare community we feel needs consistent attention is bridging the gap between our exceptional quality, local healthcare and creating policies and procedures which ensure the health and safety of our area youth within our local school districts,” said Marcus Smithson, orthopedics and sports medicine coordinator and athletic trainer at Kingsford High School. “We strive to create a model system as being a leader in both healthcare and education coupled with creating a platform to advocate for the athletic training profession not only in the Upper Peninsula but the entire region.”

The program has a full healthcare management team of experts from both academic and healthcare specialties to serve student athletes.

“Kingsford High School is honored to receive this first team recognition from NATA,” said Alan Unger, Kingsford High School athletic director. “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.”

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

“We at Kingsford High School are extremely pleased to have this partnership with the Dickinson County Healthcare System and rehabilitation services to provide the highest quality proactive education, athletic training and treatment of our student athletes,” said Kingsford High School principal Lyle Smithson.

Funding for this award was provided by the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association.