Athletic trainers honored for service under extreme circumstances

June 10, 2020

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Cypress Park High School Head Athletic Trainer Alain Dorval was among three CFISD trainers to earn the G“HATS” Off Award by the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society. The award recognizes actions taken by an athletic trainer under unusual circumstances to protect those in his or her care, or unique service performed on behalf of the athletic training profession.

June 10, 2020—Three CFISD athletic trainers were recently recognized by the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society (GHATS) for their quick and decisive actions in helping preserve the life of a student-athlete and highlighting the importance of the profession. In addition, recent Langham Creek High School graduate Reagan Martin received a GHATS spring scholarship in recognition of his academics and impact as a student athletic trainer.

Cypress Park High School Head Athletic Trainer Alain Dorval, Cypress Lakes High School Head Athletic Trainer Heather Smith and Cypress Falls High School Assistant Athletic Trainer Ross Little each received the G“HATS” Off Award from the organization. The award recognizes the actions taken by an athletic trainer under unusual circumstances to protect those in his or her care or unique service performed on behalf of the athletic training profession.

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Cypress Lakes High School Head Athletic Trainer Heather Smith was awarded the G“HATS” Off Award by the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society. Smith enters her 10th year at Cypress Lakes, assuming the role of head athletic trainer in 2016.

During the CFISD 18th annual CFISD Wrestling Invitational in January, Dorval, Smith and Little acted quickly to help stabilize a student-athlete who suffered spinal and neck injuries. Little reached the athlete first, stabilizing his neck while sending another athletic trainer to notify Dorval, who reached the mat alongside Smith, Dr. Randall Camarillo, the supervising physician, and emergency medical services personnel. After a visual evaluation, Dr. Camarillo determined it was best to stabilize the athlete to a backboard for transport to the hospital. The medical team worked together to get the athlete on the backboard, stretcher and in the ambulance, with Dorval notifying the hospital of the emergency en route.

“Their actions led to the life of a student-athlete being preserved. Their actions highlight why the profession of athletic training is of such importance,” said R. Joseph Hebert, Langham Creek High School head athletic trainer and GHATS honors and awards committee chairman. “Professionals such as this help make safe sports participation possible. On behalf of the executive board and membership, we thank these individuals for representing the profession of athletic training so well.”

Dorval has been in CFISD since 2008, as he helped open Cypress Lakes before opening Cypress Park in 2016. Smith is entering her 10th year at Cypress Lakes, assuming the role of head athletic trainer in 2016.

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Cypress Falls High School Assistant Athletic Trainer Ross Little enters his second year with the Golden Eagles. He works at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress, which serves as a partner with CFISD to provide high schools a third athletic trainer.

Little begins his second year at Cypress Falls. He works at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress, which serves as a partner with CFISD to provide high schools a third athletic trainer.

Martin received a GHATS spring scholarship worth $500, as he was among three recent graduates to earn the financial assistance to high-achieving student athletic trainers. He will attend Texas Tech University where he’s been accepted into the athletic training apprenticeship program. Martin will work with the Texas Tech track and field teams to begin his apprenticeship.

“This scholarship meant a lot more to me than maybe a lot of people think,” Martin said. “Athletic training has sent me down a path where I have such a good idea of what I want to do when I am older. Everybody finds his or her niche at some point in life, and I think being in the athletic training program at Langham Creek helped me find my niche a lot sooner.”

0610 GHATS awards 4 WEB.jpgRecent Langham Creek High School graduate Reagan Martin received a $500 spring scholarship from the Greater Houston Athletic Trainers’ Society. He will attend Texas Tech University and participate in the athletic training apprenticeship program.

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