Dobie Receives NATA's Safe Sports School Award

Dobie Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School Award
Posted on 12/06/2017
Dobie Receives NATA's Safe Sports School AwardDobie Sports Medicine Team
Front Row (Left to Right): Ruth Gonzales-Grasty L.A.T., Jazmin Gomez, Madison Caballero, Alex Hernandez, Desiree Ram, Alysa Gonzalez, Raquel Ramirez, Maria Figueroa, Elizabeth Salas
Middle Row (Left to Right): Jesse Lopez L.A.T., Alexis Austin-Woodrow, Jazlyn Brown, Sabastian Delgado, Amanda Hernandez, Yesenia Morales
Back Row (Left to Right): Daija Green, Danae Ram, Kaylynn Tran, Ashley Tovar, Jayden Forges, Kayla Wilkerson, Giselle Cuellar, Sarah Bustamante
Photo Taken By:Gary Williams

By Jade Wise
PISD Communications

Dobie High was recently named a first team recipient of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award for their sports medicine program. 

The Safe Sports School program champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that create a safe environment for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.

“Dobie is the first school in Pasadena ISD and one of only approximately 1,200 schools in the nation to receive this recognition,” said Dobie athletic trainer Jesse Lopez

In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, 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;
Educate athletes and parents of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities.

Lopez said the Dobie Sports Medicine program has been working to achieve this recognition for over a year because it is important to Lopez “to let current and future athletes and their families know that they will be taken care of at Dobie.”

Pasadena ISD district athletic trainer Randall Dugas said that while sports medicine is often an “unsung profession,” it is a vital part of any athletic program.

“As a district, we expect a lot from all five of our sports medicine programs and Dobie has really stepped up to become one of the best in the area,” said Dugas.