Dawson Smith

March Comeback Athlete of the Month - 2018

Our Comeback Athletes are individuals that have had an injury, gone through the necessary recovery and have 'comeback' to play sports again. They have utilized one of our AMP physicians: Dr. Elliott, Dr. Klepps, Dr. Shenton, Dr. Phipps or Dr. Bentley, and used one of AMP's owning partners for some or all of their procedures or recovery: St. Vincent Healthcare, Ortho Montana and Yellowstone Surgery Center.


School: Billings Senior High
Grade: 12
Parents: Robbie and Julie Smith
Sibling: Dayton Smith

Injury: Bankart Repair, left shoulder
Doctors: Steven Klepps, MD

Sports & Accomplishments

Winter Sport: Billings Jr. Bulls Hockey

  • Number of years Varsity: 4
  • Position: Defense
  • Jersey Number: 20
  • Accomplishments:
    • 2017-18 Season: Team Captain
    • 2016-17 Season: 1st Team, All-State
    • Age 14: Won National Championship
    • Ages 10, 11 and 14): 3 State Championship titles

Spring / Summer Sport: Billings American Legion Baseball, Royals

  • Number of years Varsity: 3
  • Position: 1st Base
  • Jersey Number: 20
  • Accomplishments: 2011 Big Sky Little League All-Star team


When did the first injury happen?
7th Grade playing in a Hockey Game

What was going through your mind in that moment?
Go back and play, didn’t really think much of it until I could barely move it the next morning

How long were you out before being cleared to play?
It's complicated

What was involved in your recovery?
Physical Therapy

A Personal Look

Favorite class and/or subject:
Human Anatomy

Celebrity Crush:
Taylor Swift

As a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A hockey player

At the age you are now, what do you want to be when you grow up?
Athletic Trainer

A pet peeve:
When my Dad leaves all the cupboard doors open in the kitchen

Who would win an arm wrestling competition on your team:
Definitely me

Would you rather: Wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom or vacuum the house?
Mow the Lawn

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