Apollos training staff works through challenges to keep players healthy throughout camp
By Tom Alexander
SAN ANTONIO — How do you keep 75 professional athletes fueled and healthy, 1,000 miles from their home facility? That’s the challenge Orlando Apollos Head Athletic Trainer Nathan Peck and his team training staff faces each day of training camp in San Antonio.
“We’re here for a whole month, so we have to make sure we that we can create a working training room in the hotel, with as much equipment and tools as we can to give these guys the best health care while we’re here,” Peck said.
The preparation started quite some time before the Apollos left for training camp at the league level, ordering medical supplies as well as water and nutrition supplies. With limited storage room, the staff’s training tables are sharing space with a whole lot of Gatorade and water. The quarters aren’t tight right now, but as camp goes on and practices take their toll, Peck says the room will likely feel smaller. The team has some extra open space available where they can take of some of the players’ rehab needs if the situation arises.
Like the Apollos players, Peck himself is living out a dream being in training camp. He spent years as a trainer in professional baseball and at Division I college football programs, but this is his first job in football at the professional level.
“It all comes down to the care of the athletes,” Peck said. “It doesn’t matter where you’re at, that’s your number one goal, but obviously, working with the caliber of athletes that we get to work with at this level is pretty exciting.”
The Orlando Apollos host the Atlanta Legends on Saturday, February 9, for the first game of the inaugural Alliance of American Football season. The game will be played at Spectrum Stadium on the UCF campus, and broadcast nationally on CBS.