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St. Amant High School scores award for sports safety

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ST. AMANT- The National Athletic Trainers' Association awarded St. Amant High School with the "1st Team recognition - Safe Sports School Award" for their work in sports medicine and managing player safety.

The award was given out to only a handful of schools across the nation and recognizes schools that achieve the gold standard in player health through prevention, training, education and treatment.

"It's basically just setting up the environment where if you have a situation you have the tools to take care of it," said Scott Arceneaux, the Director of Sports Medicine at the school. "No parent ever wants to be told that your school could've done more."

Students at the school feel more comfortable with the team of certified coaches and trainers at their backs.

"I feel like I can play full speed and if I do get hurt they'll take the right steps and do the right thing and I'll be all right," said Reece LeBlanc, a baseball player at the school.

"They do a lot of prevention things as well, a lot of the things I learned here I didn't know about at my other school, like about concussions and when to report them and what's a concussion and what's not a concussion and hydration as well and keeping yourself hydrated and drinking adequate amounts of water," said Tyler Johnson, a football player.

The award also takes into account how the staff  manages the weather situations and the cleanliness of the locker rooms.

U-High also received recognition from the Association, just one of two schools in the state to receive the honor.


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