Appropriate Medical Care in Secondary Schools - Implementing the Appropriate Care for Secondary School Aged Athletes Standards

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The National Athletic Trainers Association created a task force in 2017 to revise and update the 2003 Appropriate Medical Care for the Secondary School Aged Athletes consensus statement. Based upon new research, the previous document was revised to reflect current research, language and current practices. The newly approved standards clearly identify specific areas where organizations should focus their resources and energy to provide best practices athletic health care to their secondary school aged athletes. A case study will be presented showcasing how an athletic trainer used the standards and an online tool to improve the health care at her school and build her athletic training program.


  • Participants will be able to illustrate the process used to create the document., 
  • Participants will be able to distinguish the 12 standards and sub-standards identified in this process., 
  • Participants will be able to analyze and apply the potential uses of the tool in evaluation of their organizations current status., 
  • Participants will be able to evaluate their organization and recommend changes to the the medical care they provide to secondary school aged athletes.


Domain 5: Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility

1.75 Category A

Keywords: best practices, high school, secondary, medical care, standards

Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC

Larry Cooper, MS, LAT, ATC is a former District 2 Secretary and Chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) Secondary School Athletic Trainers Committee (SSATC).  Currently retired from teaching, he was a Health, Physical Education and Sports Medicine Teacher and Certified Athletic Trainer for 35 years with the majority of that time at Penn Trafford High School in Harrison City, Pennsylvania.

His entire career was spent working in and advocating for the secondary school athletic trainer. In addition, he has held numerous leadership positions within the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society (PATS). Larry is a founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Leagues (WPIAL) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and has presented at the national, district, regional and state levels.

He is a member of the NATA and PATS Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards at the state, district and national levels.  

Bart Peterson, MSS, ATC

Bart Peterson earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Brigham Young University in 1989. He then worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Educator for Campbell County School District, before returning to earn his MSS in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998. In 2000, Bart took a position at Palo Verde Magnet High School, where he continues to work as an Athletic Trainer, Educator, and Athletic Director from 2010-2014. Bart has served as a Staff Athletic Trainer for the USA Arizona Regional Cheerleading Competition, USA Volleyball High Performance Camp and Championship, and US National Baton Twirling Championships in addition to numerous other events. He has served as the President of the Wyoming Athletic Trainers’ Association (1992-1998), Secretary of RMATA (2004-2010), and presently on the Board of Athletic Training for NATA as the Governor’s Appointment for the State of Arizona. Bart received that NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2015 and was inducted into the RMATA Hall of Fame.  He recalls being surrounded by Hall of Famers his entire career who have mentored him and taught him to “leave a place better then he found it.” Bart says, “I love being able to help my students overcome trials and become better at what they are doing. I love being able to help them grow and develop. We have the best profession.” Bart is married to his wife, Cori, of 25 years and has five children: Courtney, Bryce, Gerritt, Tanner and Spencer.

Jamie Woodall, MPH, LAT, ATC

Jamie Woodall is the Executive Director of School Safety for Waller ISD. Woodall joined the WISD family with 17 years of experience in public education and has been recognized at both the state and national levels for her important work to build school health and safety measures.

Woodall’s passion for school safety includes a multidisciplinary approach to classroom and campus safety, sports safety, transportation procedures, as well as training developed for administrators, staff, students, parents, and community members. She comes to WISD from Brenham ISD where she served as the director of health and safety. Woodall also led work in both Brenham and Bryan ISDs to earn the national Safe Sport School Award and plans to achieve the same status in collaboration with WISD athletic trainers. In Brenham, she was recognized for her ability to create collaboration and a comprehensive approach to school safety that resulted in robust products to equip all stakeholders in the event of an emergency.

Woodall earned her Master of Public Health; emphasis in Prevention Programs in School Safety from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University.

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