Halloween night was a nightmare for Kim Davis. Her son, a sophomore at Lubbock-Cooper High School, was injured during a football game. He was sandwiched by two players who hit him in the helmet, instantly knocking him out.
"The biggest thing parents want is for their kid to be okay," Davis said. "The worst thing was just waiting to see how serious everything was for him."
Davis was in the back of the ambulance as her son was taken from the field to UMC. She says when he regained consciousness, he didn't know who he was, where he was going or even that she was his mother.
"He was not showing movement or strength in his upper extremities. We knew that was not a good sign."
The doctors did not immediately provide a diagnosis, and that made Davis extremely nervous.
"When we were told he will heal, it's going to take time but he will heal, that was the best thing we could hear," she said. "We were just glad to know that we've got a kid that's walking and talking. There for a little bit we didn't know."
The recent attention given to head injuries in football has trickled down to school districts. LISD has placed an emphasis on diagnosis and care of head-related trauma in football.
"We're trying to do anything that we can possibly do to help with injuries," said Ronnie Kirk. He's the director of sports medicine for LISD.
They adhere to strict UIL rules and go above and beyond them to make sure student athletes stay safe.
"Kids are not allowed to go back in for at least 24 hours until they get thoroughly checked out and have seen a physician and get cleared," he said. "We have fewer concussions and fewer injuries because of our turf and the band election and everything that the school board has done to help provide us these things. It has made a huge difference."
Davis says her son went in for his first test since his injury on Wednesday and still showed concussion symptoms. Now he's headed to a doctor who will tell him if and when he can he can play sports again. Even after this injury, Davis won't stop her son from playing the sport he loves.
"I think part of your job as a mom is to support your kid in things that they want to do, assuming it's not stupid, and I don't feel that football is a stupid sport."
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