Football players are prone to bumps, bruises and more serious injuries on the gridiron. A full staff of 15 trainers has to recreate its state-of-the-art medical facility on the road to keep the team healthy and ready for every snap.
Preparing the locker room and sideline on the road is a two-day operation. The 18-man equipment staff does it five times per year during the regular season.
Ever wondered how many sets of jerseys, helmets and cleats complete an entire football team’s wardrobe? Find out what travels and how it gets there.
The equipment and training staff has backups for each item on their packing lists, but there are a few items they can’t just do without. We asked the heads of the Gators’ equipment and athletic training departments for the five essentials items in their bags on the sideline.
A time-lapse video of the equipment managers setting up the Gator locker room at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala, Oct. 14, 2011. This video condenses 94 minutes to 43 seconds and consists of 1,743 individual photos.