New Hampton School is thrilled to announce that we are once again recognized as a Safe Sports School Award, 1st Team. This achievement recognizes that New Hampton School is taking all of the vital steps to keep our student-athletes safe and prevent injuries. With a combined 36 years of service, Athletic Trainers Adam Tyson, ATC, and Kristin McClure, MS, ATC, spend much of their day thinking about and caring for our student-athletes.
Director of Athletics Jamie Arsenault reflects “A successful athletic program is based not only on strong athletes but more importantly, healthy athletes. While our athletic staff does a terrific job of treating injuries, they do so much more. Our athletic trainers, Adam and Kristen, work tirelessly to make sure our student-athletes are taking care of themselves holistically! Eating correctly, stretching and taking preventative steps to avoid injuries are focal points of their daily routine. Adam and Kristin’s professional care is so important to the well-being of all of our student-athletes.”
What is a Safe Sports School?
The criteria for the Safe Sports School Award is substantial. We are grateful for these two individuals that help position our student-athletes to be successful. As a Safe Sports School, New Hampton’s athletic program meets all of the following criteria as designated by the National Athletic Trainers Association:
- 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 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
In 1998, New Hampton School built a new athletic training facility; the program moved from a small space with no windows to a centrally located space in the School’s Field House. The School’s most recent renovation last year created space for two new whirlpools, a mobile thermalator unit, a larger ice machine and a Richmar US/Stim unit. This is a tremendous space in which to support 32 varsity and junior varsity programs.
Our Athletic Trainers
Adam Tyson is in his 24th year as the Head Athletic Trainer at New Hampton School. In addition to his work with our student-athletes, Tyson keeps his skills fresh and his passion inspired by volunteering at athletic events throughout New England including working in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon and serving as an athletic trainer for USTA Men’s Pro Circuit.
“We are very proud of our Safe Sports School status and will continue to make sure we’re adhering to the highest standard of care we can provide to our student-athletes,” Arsenault affirms.
Congratulations to these two professionals for their important contributions to Husky Nation!