Outstanding trainers and doctors, state-of-the-art facilities, and innovative training equipment combine to give Texas Tech one of the nation's premier athletic health care operations. Texas Tech athletes are cared for in the ultimate manner through prevention, precaution, treatment and rehabilitation.
The facilities at Tech are some of the best in the Big 12 Conference. The main training room is located at the south end of Jones Stadium, while the ultramodern Athletic Rehabilitation Center is on the east side of the stadium. New facilities adjacent to Tech's baseball field and track and field complex combine with the existing facilities to allow the training staff to provide each student-athlete with the most comprehensive care possible for the prevention and rehabilitation of injuries.
The training staff can meet a student-athlete's health care needs in a variety of ways through the highly functional and modern equipment. Some of the innovative equipment includes the multifaceted total gym, a Cybex machine and two Orthotrons. In addition, student-athletes have at their disposal walk-in whirlpools, multiple examination stations, jacuzzis, hydrocollators, a variety of modalities, stationary bikes, treadmills and stair climbers.
The medical and training staff utilizes computers to maintain the most accurate records possible on all of Tech's student-athletes. Biographical, medical and treatment computerized files make the job of health care more efficient.
The fulltime staff at Texas Tech includes four certified and licensed athletic trainers. In addition, the graduate assistant program allows students to facilitate actual hands-on experience with work in a classroom environment. The health care team also oversees a core of nearly 20 student athletic trainers. Texas Tech offers an internship program in athletic training in which students have the opportunity to record hours under the supervision of the certified training staff. These hours are complemented by a specially designed curriculum to prepare graduates for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) certification exam, and the Texas Department of Health Licensing exam.
Natalie Steadman, who has been a familiar face to Texas Tech athletes for 11 years is the director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer. She began her association with Tech athletics in 1986 as a student trainer, became the school's associate head athletic trainer in '92 and was promoted to her current post last year. Teaming with Steadman to provide Texas Tech student-athletes with the finest in health care is a full-time staff of three, assistant head athletic trainer Mark Chisum, and athletic trainers, David Steadman and LesLee Taylor.