Scott Byrd and LeConte Medical Center Athletic Trainers have their eye on the prize.
Sevier County Schools and LeConte Medical Center Athletic Trainers have been awarded Gold Star Level recognition as a Tennessee Safe Stars league. Safe Stars is a new effort to recognize Tennessee youth sports leagues with high standards of safety for athletes.
Scott Byrd, who oversee all the high school athletic trainers in Sevier County and is an employee of LeConte Medical Center states, “Keeping these kids safe and healthy is our main goal.” Scott also adds, ” We want to keep them on the fields and courts and out of our training rooms, but when we do see them we work hard to take care of their issues and get them back out there.”
Safe Stars offers three levels of recognition: gold, silver and bronze, and involves implementing policies around topics including concussion education, weather safety and injury prevention. The Safe Stars criteria have been developed by a committee of health professionals dedicated to reducing sports-related injuries among youth. Partners in the Safe Stars effort include numerous medical, community, athletic and governmental organizations committed to the health and safety of children and youth as well as professional and collegiate sports programs.