James “Doc” Dodson, ATC-LAT

It is with a heavy heart that we report “Doc” Dodson has passed away

Our team at Urgent Orthopedic Specialists is honored to have worked alongside “Doc” and we send our condolences to his family. To learn more about the legacy “Doc” has left behind, click HERE

James “Doc” Dodson has been serving the Permian Basin since 1958. After graduating from TCU, where he studied under the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) charter member, Elmer Brown, Doc moved to Midland and began his career as Head Athletic Trainer of Midland High School. In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded Doc a certificate of merit for saving a young girls life, and in 1972 he traveled to Munich, Germany, where he became the first high school athletic trainer to ever be invited to the World Olympic Games. After 32 years, Doc retired as head athletic trainer for the Midland High Bulldogs, and began working with Dr. Floyd as the Director of Physical Rehabilitation. Doc has spent over 25 years with Dr. Floyd working with the athletes of the Permian Basin, and coordinating school physical days, Saturday morning football clinics, and early morning physical therapy sessions for our local athletes. He continued to play an active role in Midland High Football watching from the sidelines with Dr. Floyd as Team Physician. Doc cultivated a valued partnership between our Orthopedic and Sports Medicine specialists and local athletic trainers spanning from Pecos to Big Spring, Fort Stockton to Andrews, and beyond. Doc has earned many awards throughout his decades of service to the Permian Basin including being honored with his own day by the City of Midland three times, and Doc and his family were named Midland’s “Family of the Year”.

Doc also won the esteemed American Academy of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s award for Outstanding Athletic Trainer in the U.S. in 1991, and in 1998 was nominated for the prestigious Jefferson Award presented to 15 recipients throughout the United States whose lives, careers, and volunteer activities embody the finest examples of public service. The awards and accolades Doc has received help to shine a light on the impact he has made on our community, but it is hard to put in to words exactly how much Doc Dodson has touched the hearts and lives of so many in West Texas. Those of us blessed to meet him or to see him in action on the field or in the PT room know he is a legend in his own right.


  • Fort Worth Poly High School, 1954
  • Texas Christian University, B.S. in Physical Education, 1958
  • Sul Ross State University, Masters of Education, 1967

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Merit from President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965
  • Distinguished Service Award as the Outstanding Young Man of Midland, 1972
  • Outstanding High School Trainer in the United States, 1977 & 1980
  • City of Midland “Centennial Citizen”, 1985
  • Midland Sports Community Achievement award, 1994
  • American Academy of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s Outstanding Athletic Trainer in the U.S., 1991
  • Champions Award of Excellence, City of Midland, 1999
  • Midland Independent School District Hall of Honor, 2012.
  • SWATA President, 1965-1966
  • SWATA District Treasurer, 1966-2001
  • SWATA Executive Secretary, 1967-1995
  • SWATA Hall of Fame Charter Member, 1985
  • NATA Hall of Fame Member, 1985
  • Athletic Trainer, Texas High School Coaches All-Star Games, 1963, 1968
  • Athletic Trainer, USA Olympic Team, Munich, Germany, 1972
  • Cap Harding Award recipient
  • Eddie Wojecki Award recipient
  • Frank Medina Award recipient
  • NATA 25 Year Award recipient
  • Permian Basin Jefferson Award recipient
  • Charter Member, NATA Certification Board
  • NATA Representative to the American College of Health Association

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