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BRFHS Receives Safe Sports School Award

BRFHS Receives Safe Sports School Award

Black River Falls High School (BRFHS) is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School (NATA) 1st Team award for its Athletic Health Care Plan.  The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. In addition, the award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Black River Falls High School is honored to receive this 1st Team recognition from NATA and 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,” said Black River Falls School District Superintendent, Dr. Shelly Severson.

In order to achieve the 1st Team Safe Sports School status, as BRFHS 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 of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

Representatives from BRMH, Black River Falls School District, Black River Falls Emergency Medical Services and Krohn Clinic collaborated on this effort.

“Being recognized by the NATA as a 1st Team Safe Sports School highlights the commitment of organizations throughout our community working together to keep our student athletes safe” said Dawn Jacobson, BRMH athletic trainer. “While we cannot prevent all sport-related injuries from occurring, Black River Falls High School has taken important steps to reduce the risk of catastrophic injury and has a plan in place to manage any incident that may occur. As the athletic trainer serving the high school, I am proud to work with a strong team of individuals who keep our student athletes health and well-being as a top priority.”


Black River Falls High School Athletes proudly display the banner received in recognition of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School 1st Team Award. Students represented from left to right include Emma Bible, Noah O’Brien, Jordan Johnson, Nick Ulness, Kim Leadholm, Sean Johnson, Katie Leadholm, Ethan Bible, Ashley Overlien, Abe Severson, Kaytlin Johnson, Patrick O’Brien, Ali Zillmer and Nate Becker.