Parkway South trainer Mike Tzianos has been honored for his work with Patriots’ athletes. Tzianos recently received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association [NATA] Safe Sports Award. 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.
“Parkway South High 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. Our goal is to lead our athletics program to the highest safety standards for our players,” said Pat Burns, Parkway South’s athletic director. “This is a huge honor for South to receive this award. It is a reflection of the hard work that Mike Tzanos has put into place for the benefit of our athletes. Mike will be entering his fourth year at South as a part of our team. I’m thrilled for him in getting this honor for South.”
In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as Parkway South 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 and education
· Be sure athletes and parents are educated on the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities
Athletic trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and sport-related illnesses. They prevent and treat chronic musculoskeletal injuries from sports, physical and occupational activity, and provide immediate care for acute injuries.
Mike Roth, the athletic director for the Parkway School District, is pleased to see the award come to his school system.
“We’re thrilled to hear about this award,” Roth said. “It’s a really nice deal. It’s important to be recognized for those feats.”
Before moving to Parkway South, Roth said Tzianos worked at Parkway North.
Tzianos is at every home sporting event and practice, Roth said. Also, trainers at Parkway go to away football games on Friday nights.
“This is quite an honor. We’re thrilled,” Roth said. “Mike does a great job for us. He’s got a great rapport with the student-athletes and the coaches. He does a great job communicating with the parents, too.”