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Jaguars celebrate the 2022 North Florida High School Sports Safety Awards

On the board of JSMP is Jeff Ferguson, Vice President of Player Health and Performance for the Jaguars. Ferguson, along with the Jaguars athletic training team, attended the gala.

“My staff and I, along with the support of the Jaguars PREP and THE Jaguars Foundation, are working to give Duval County athletic trainers guidance, educational resources and product to help these high schoolers,” says Ferguson.

All 125 attendees at the gala are working to engage and support anyone interested in athletic training in Jacksonville, with the overall goal to keep kids safe.

“We want everyone to understand at the Jaguars we do the same job as athletic trainers in high school,” says Ferguson. “It’s at a different level, but it’s all towards the same common goal – injury management, emergency action plans, heat illness, hydration management. We all as athletic trainers have a mutual respect.”

There were many award winners from the gala that received nominations for excellence in athletic training. Two of the biggest winners were Paxon School for Advanced Studies and Sandalwood High School, which won the Sports Safety Programs of the Year. Both programs were gifted their own medical vehicles, making their day-to-day jobs a little bit easier.

This is just the start of supporting athletic training in Duval County. “I’m excited to see where this goes,” said Ferguson. “One thing I said to all the athletic trainers at the event – everyone should feel empowered to work hard in anticipation for our future awards gala.”

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