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WHS Earns Recognition as a Safe Sports School

Winnebago, IL September 18, 2015 – Winnebago is the recipient of the National Athletic
Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletic program. 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.

"Winnebago High School is honored
to receive this 1st team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed
to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices
and games so they can accomplish their goals of great competition, academic success, fair sportsmanship and good health. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our
players,” said Ron Gruber WHS Principal.

 “We remain committed to the health and welfare of
young athletes in competitive sports,” says NATA President Scott Sailor, EdD,
ATC. “This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across
the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to
ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in
place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur.”

The effort to earn this recognition was led by WInnebago High School ATC Lindsay Metcalf. Under Mrs. Metcalf's direction a grant was received from GLATA (Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association) and the school had to show evidence of 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

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

Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits
and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities 

For more information about the Safe Sports School award visit: 

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200 East McNair Road
Winnebago, IL 61088

Phone: 815.335.2336
Fax: 815.335.7548

Attendance Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Principal: Ronald Gruber
Asst. Principal: Daniel Lemke
Activities Director: Will Hartje
Academic Advisor: Dana Kline Students A-K
Academic Advisor: Jennifer Brenner Students L-Z
Nurse: Mary Kate Skaggs

304 East McNair Road
Winnebago IL 61088

Phone: 815.335.2456
Fax: 815.335.7574
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.