The Safe Sports Network was created by NHMI founding member Nick Vailas. The need for such a program hit home for him one August day more than 20 years ago. Mr. Vailas was standing next to an athletic-looking young man outside a fence watching Manchester Central High School's football tryouts. He asked the young man why he wasn’t out there. The response to that question ("Because I can't afford the physical.") planted the seed that has become the Safe Sports Network.
- Our athletic trainers (click here to watch a video about the life-saving difference having athletic trainers at schools can make) have evaluated more than 20,000 athletic injuries in the high schools while only referring ~1,400 to a doctor or emergency room. This translates to a significant savings of healthcare dollars for the southern NH communities we serve.
- Nearly 8,200 injuries have been evaluated in our free injury drop-in clinic.
- We have performed approximately 7,400 free sport physicals.
- Safe Sports Network has provided more than 41,000 hours of onsite medical coverage. The vast majority of these hours have been donated to our schools.
The Safe Sports Network offers free evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries for student athletes of Greater Manchester, Salem, and Nashua, NH. Services include outreach to nine local high schools, injury drop-in clinics, annual physicals and coach and community education. The staff is comprised of athletic trainers who work under the direction of Jim Vailas, MD who has been the Safe Sports Network Medical Director since its inception. Coordinating the daily operations is Director of Safe Sports Amy Hollingworth, ATC, RN, NHLAT