Moving Day

Over the years, Florida State's training room has been housed in a trailer outside Doak Campbell Stadium to a cinder-block building with no running water stationed on the old Florida High campus. The Seminoles' most recent setup in the old athletic center was fine, but it didn't have any windows and was prone to flooding following heavy rains due to construction. Well, <b>Randy Oravetz</b> is grinning ear-to-ear these days.

Oravetz, the Semioles' veteran director of sports medicine, and staff are finally in their new, state-of-the art facility as the program's renovated athletic facility rounds into shape.

"It's an awesome setup," Oravetz said Tuesday.

"We went from a 4,000-square-foot facility that was inside the building with no windows to a 15,000-square foot facility that has tremendous access. Athletes can get in and out in no time at all. There's a big smile on my face, no doubt."

No wonder.

Oravetz's floor space, as he said, went from 4,200-square feet to 15,000-square feet. His facility has a hot and cold Jacuzzi that can hold up to, as he put it, 18 defensive backs or 15 offensive lineman; eight whirlpools; an exercise tank (8 feet by 42 feet) that features a jet stream to swim against; 24 treatment tables; X-ray room; two doctors offices; a pharmacy, a nutritionist, vaulted ceilings and plenty of storage space and, of course, windows.

In fact, injured receiver Craphonso Thorpe started his rehabilitation Monday for a broken lower right leg.

"His wounds have healed up from surgery and we had him in the pool (Monday)," Oravetz said.

With close to 600 student-athletes on campus, the Seminoles' training room facility ranks among the nation's best. Oravetz, entering his 25th season at FSU, helped with the facility's design as it also will double as a laboratory setting for instruction as well. The old training center is being made into a locker room/classroom area. With the recent completion of Jon Jost's weight-training facility as well, FSU is in great shape -- no pun intended.

Two summers ago, for instance, Oravetz's training room at old Florida High featured four training tables, three cushion chairs -- and they were moved daily for a different view by players as a joke -- four computers, four telephones and one Stairmaster.

Oravetz's main staff each has their own respective office in the new facility.

"There's no doubt when recruits stop in we will be one of the first places on the showcase stop," Oravetz said. "Everything is starting to really come together (facility-wise). The student-athletes have plenty of access to medical care, and we now have a place to take very good care of them."


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