LUBBOCK, TX -- Ahead of the first Friday night for football, Lubbock ISD talks about the team on the sidelines that's there to help in case of an injury.
"They put in a lot of hard work and a lot of hours, you know, they're the first ones there, the last ones to leave," Ronnie Kirk, Director of Sports Medicine at LISD said.
Kirk said the student-trainers are a big part of the program, calling them his 'unsung heroes'. The student-trainers join the staff trainers, Texas Tech grad students, and team physicians to take care of the football players and make sure they're safe and healthy for each game.
"Prepared at any time, for blisters all the way up to, you have very serious head or neck injury," Kirk said, "sudden cardiac event happen, then you've got to be prepared."
It's not just having the staff on the sides ready to assist, equipment and the field are also a part of the safety.
"For instance, at Plains Capital Park, the turf out there, we have extra padding underneath that turf to help prevent concussions, and all our equipment is up to date, new," Kirk said.
They also have an ambulance at the games in case anything like that should be needed.