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DHS recognized with National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award

DHS_Safe Sports Award        Glenda Dawson High School was recently recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s (NATA) as a Safe Sports School 1st team. This elite distinction is valid for a three-year period, until October 2022.

       The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. It also reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

       “The Safe Sports School Award represents the highest quality of care for the student athletes at Dawson. The school has three medical professionals who are licensed by the state of Texas and certified by the Board of Certification for athletic trainers who work with student athletes, coaches and administrators to advise and execute plans to address issues such as emergency and preventative care, environmental conditions and facility and equipment safety,” Chris Shaddock, Dawson High School’s Head Athletic Trainer, said. “This award represents that protection of the student athletes, Dance Team and Band is our priority and we oversee injury prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of their injuries.”

       In order to achieve Safe Sports School status, as DHS did, athletic programs must:

  • 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/education
  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated about the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

       To apply, DHS completed an in-depth questionnaire that assessed adherence to best practice standards and recommendations. For more information about the Safe Sports School Award, visit

       About the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) – Health Care for Life & Sport

       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. Athletic trainers offer a continuum of care that is unparalleled in health care. The National Athletic Trainers' Association represents and supports 45,000 members of the athletic training profession. For more information, visit At Your Own Risk is NATA’s public awareness campaign designed to educate, provide resources and equip the public to act and advocate for safety in work, life and sport. In an effort to provide comprehensive information, the association has launched a website that provides recommendations on keeping student athletes and communities active and employees safe on the job. Visit