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n honor of National Athletic Training Month  

 

this March, Pearland Independent School  

 

District proudly recognizes the contributions 

of its six athletic trainers. Serving at Dawson High 

School are Chris Shaddock (head), Gretchen 

Carter and Roderick Williams, and at Pearland 

High School are Matt Thomas (head), Jill Flowers 

and Monica Jackson.
These athletic trainers not only evaluate and treat 

injuries of high school athletes, cheerleaders, dancers and ROTC 

but also evaluate injuries on the junior high campuses and 

schedule therapy in the high school athletic training clinics or 

with doctors specializing in sports injuries.

Athletic trainers prepare for every situation that may occur 

from developing an emergency action plan and rehearsing 

emergency situations to communicating with administration, 

EMS, coaches and others. Their goal is to help athletes and 

performers from the moment of injury through the rehabilitation 

process and eventual return to play.

MARch IS NATIoNAl

ATHlETIC TrAInIng 

MoNTh

Athletic Trainers are experts working to prevent and treat sports-

related illnesses and musculoskeletal injuries. Athletic trainers 

offer a continuum of care unparalleled in health care. ATs are part 

of a team of health care professionals; they practice under the 

direction of, and in collaboration with, physicians. ATs work with 

individuals who are physically active or involved in sports partici-

pation through all stages of life to prevent, treat and rehabilitate 

injuries and medical conditions. Athletic trainers should not be 

confused with personal trainers or “trainers” who focus solely on 

fitness and conditioning. Always refer to an “athletic trainer” or 

“AT” to ensure clarify of profession and quality of care.
Throughout March, Dawson High School athletic trainers invite 

any young injured athlete from the Pearland Little League, Youth 

Football League, United or other youth sports organization to 

the Dawson High School athletic training clinic for evaluation, 

treatment and rehabilitation of his or her injury.
To schedule an appointment or for questions, call the DHS athletic 

training clinic at 281-412-8835. For more information on athletic 

trainers, visit the National Athletic 

Trainers Association website at  

www.nata.org.

Submitted by Pearland Resident  

Chris Shaddock

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“We Prepare, You Perform” is the 2015  

National Athletic Training Month theme.