la otra selección – the readaptor
Today’s post on the people behind the scenes focuses on Hugo Camarero, the physical readaptor of the team. His principle job is to work with players who are recovering from injuries to make sure that they can reincorporate correctly into the team.
Hugo is 31 years old and is from Burgos. His father is the second cousin of Miguel Ángel Portugal, who was Racing’s coach in the 2006-07 season, and the team from Cantabria offered Hugo an internship that season, to see if he would like working with a professional football club and to help out their fitness trainer, one Javier Miñano. At the end of the season, Hugo received an offer to continue with the team, and in the 2007-08 season, he worked with the youth teams of the club.
Hugo then went on to do two masters degrees, one in sports administration and the other in injury recovery, both offered by the Spanish Football Federation at their headquarters in Las Rozas. And so it was no surprise, with all his links to the RFEF, that when Vicente del Bosque told Javier Miñano to find him a physical readaptor for the national team, that Hugo Camarero came to mind. And of course, Hugo accepted the position.
We saw Hugo working a lot with Andrés Iniesta in the first several days in South Africa, when Andrés was recovering from his hamstring injury. Whatever he did must have worked really, really well, because we know how the rest of Andrés’ World Cup turned out!