Forty-five minutes before the Burkburnett Bulldogs start football practice, student trainers are already in the field house. Senior Sierra Smith is there because when she moved to town, she heard about the training experience.
"They got to be a part of something that was actually greater than themselves, so I was like, 'ya know, I wanna do something like that," said Smith.
Both she and Amber Warren have hopes of using sports medicine in their careers, maybe even in the NFL. Warren says the hands-on experience in high school gives her a jump start on her future. "We're kinda like the people that are there when the coaches are kind of payin' attention to everything else. We kind of help them with their physical needs."
The nine trainers at Burk keep the team hydrated, but they made sure we knew, they're much more than just water girls and water boys.
"Most injuries, we keep them from becoming worse, and what not, and we keep them from getting sick," said Warren.
The trainers rotate weekly jobs, from icing and wrapping, to fixing pads and helmets. Although they might occasionally get overlooked by the crowd on game day, they're not overlooked by the players.
"What do you think the hardest part of their job is? Listening to us sometimes, because we can get a little bit bossy, " said Canon Cornelius, a Burk football player.
Even though they don't put points on the scoreboard, they make sure the players can. That makes student trainers a special team.
"The camaraderie, and all the friendship that we have goin' around and the football team and the training staff. It's great to be out here," said Dalton George, another student trainer.
"The team loses you lose. They win, you win, and you feel like you helped do that in some way," said Smith.