Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe
Thanks to the hard work of athletic trainers Rachel Moore and Jenny Frey Reni, Bullis has received the Safe Sports School award from the National Athletic Trainers' Association. 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.
"Bullis is honored to receive this 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 own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health," said Head of School Dr. Gerald L. Boarman. "Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players."
"We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," says NATA President Scott Sailor, Ed.D., 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."
Athletic Trainer Rachel Moore came to Bullis 2010. She also teaches anatomy and physiology as well as sports medicine at the School. "I really enjoy getting to know our student-athletes on a personal level and making connections with them that are long-lasting. Helping an athlete evolve from being injured to returning to play is gratifying."
"One thing I love about my job is that it changes every day," says Jenny Reny, who joined the Bullis Athletic Department in 2011. "Every individual is different in how they heal and respond to pain. This job allows me to be active, work outside and constantly challenges me to be creative and problem-solve as we work to keep our student-athletes safe."
"Things are always changing in the sports world and medicine is always making advancements," Ms. Reny continues. "When I started in the profession very few schools had athletic trainers. Now most schools have some type of athletic trainer on staff. I hope this helps athletes be better educated on how to take care of themselves and be preventative from an earlier age."
In her 16 years as an athletic trainer, Ms. Moore also has seen the profession evolve. "There's a greater time demand on both students and athletic trainers due to elite competition and focus. This can sometimes cause students to be more prone to chronic injuries and keeps us even busier. To address that, we work hard on communication and education with students as well as coaches and parents to help develop safe student-athletes."
Ms. Moore and Ms. Reny are important members of the Athletic Department at Bullis. "They are diligent and pay attention to details to provide our student-athletes the best care possible," says Andres Parra, director of boys athletics. "They create relationships with the students so they can collaborate with them to reach the common goal of ensuring the health and wellbeing of our athletes. Their hard work is why Bullis has been recognized for this award."