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Venice Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

Venice High School, home of the Gondoliers, is the recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for its athletic training 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. One of very few schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District with regular access to a certified athletic trainer and the only LAUSD School with the Safe Sports School status, Venice High School is making the care and safety of student athletes of paramount importance.

Venice has had access to a certified athletic trainer since partnering with the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation in 1994. Kirsten Farrell has been the certified athletic trainer for Venice since 2002 and the sports medicine teacher since 2005. Farrell has done a tremendous job representing Venice and serves as an outstanding resource of information in the field of sports medicine.

In 2004, Farrell created the Venice High School Sports Medicine team which consists of a group of highly motivated students who are all CPR/AED/First Aid certified as well as educated in the basics of athletic injuries and sideline injury management. They assist in caring for the athletes at Venice both on the field and in the athletic training room.

On Friday, August 28, Venice will be celebrating their Safe School 1st Team Status at the football home opener versus Granada Hills at 7:00 p.m. at Watson Field. On Wednesday, September 2, staff members from the UCLA Steve Tics Brain SPORT program will be educating the parents of Venice High School athletes at the Athletic Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the school auditorium.


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