Company News: Page (1) of 1 - 01/14/13 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at MyDmn.com).print page facebook

IMG Academy's 2013 NFL Combine/Draft Training Program Features Three Dozen Top Prospects

(January 14, 2013)

BRADENTON, Fla., Jan. 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IMG Academy officially kicked off its 2013 NFL Combine/Draft Training Program with three dozen players descending on Bradenton, Fla. to immerse themselves in the most advanced and comprehensive training program for today's professional player.



Participants include:



Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT


Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB




Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE



Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB



Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DT



Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE



Shariff Floyd, Florida, DT



DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, WR



Eric Reid, LSU, S



Barrett Jones, Alabama, C/OG



Tyler Wilson, Arkansas, QB



Justin Hunter, Tennessee, WR



Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio), QB



Margus Hunt, Southern Methodist, DE



Montee Ball, Wisconsin, RB



Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut, CB



Robert Alford, Southeastern Louisiana, CB



Aaron Dobson, Marshall, WR



Menelik Watson, FSU, OT



Trevardo Williams, Connecticut, LB



Gerald Hodges, Penn State, LB            



Everett Dawkins, Florida State, DT



Kwame Geathers, Georgia, DT



Zach Line, Southern Methodist, FB



Vance McDonald, Rice, TE



J.C. Tretter, Cornell, OG



Tommy Bohanon, Wake Forest, FB



Gavin Escobar, San Diego State, TE



Albert Rosette, Nevada, LB



John Wetzel, Boston College, OT                 



Ty Powell, Harding, LB



Garrett Gilkey, Chadron State, OL



Devin Smith, Wisconsin, CB                          



Nick Williams, Samford, DT



Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson, Cal, RB  



For a decade and a half, top Draft prospects have selected IMG Academy to prepare for the biggest test of their lives. Players eat, sleep and train on campus, with 24/7 access to resources including a wellness spa, medical office and athletic training facility. In addition to daily position-specific training led by Heisman-winning QB and Director of Football, Chris Weinke, and a team of former NFL coaches, players receive education and training in areas like speed and movement, physical and mental conditioning, sports nutrition, vision training, and communications:



Speed & Movement



World-renowned speed expert Loren Seagrave leads the speed and movement segment of the program. In 1998, he began working as a speed and conditioning coach with the Atlanta Falcons during the off-season training program, and helped propel them to the Super Bowl. Some of his early NFL pupils included Eddie George, Tony Romo, Roy Williams, and Hershel Walker. In 2012, Seagrave coached the second, third and fourth fastest 40-yard-dashes in Stephen Hill, Ron Brooks and A.J. Jenkins, respectively, at the NFL Combine. Additionally, Seagrave has worked with and continues to work with countless Olympic and World Champions in the track and field world, many of whom now call IMG Academy their training home.



Assisting Seagrave is Dr. Ralph Mann, the world's foremost authority on sports biomechanics and a former world-class track athlete himself, who conducts individual biomechanical analyses of each player. Athletes are then given prescriptive feedback to address limitations and correct any biomechanical issues.



Physical Conditioning



Scott Gadeken, Head of Physical Conditioning, oversees strength and conditioning for players. Prior to joining IMG last year, Gadeken was the Head Assistant Strength Coach for the University of Washington football program. Among his countless titles and accolades, Gadeken was a finalist for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's National Strength Coach of the Year award in 2001, following an impressive string of bowl wins while at both Kansas State and LSU. In 2003, he helped lead LSU to a national title, and in 2004 and 2005, he aided the LSU women's basketball team in reaching the Final Four.



Sports Nutrition



Sports nutrition is led by IMG Academy Head of Nutrition, Stephanie Wilson, and aided by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), located on the IMG Academy campus. Wilson earned her Master of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida in 2009 with summa cum laude honors. She provides live-meal coaching to help meet athletes' needs and to ensure customized nutrition plans are achieved and athletes are ready for peak performance at the NFL Combine. GSSI scientists bring their world-class expertise in sports nutrition and exercise performance to the athletes.



Mental Conditioning



Dr. Angus Mugford leads the mental conditioning portion of the program. Dr. Mugford holds a PhD in Sport Studies (specialization in sport counseling psychology) from the University of Kansas, and is a Certified Consultant with Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and British Association of Sport & Exercise Sciences (BASES), which are two of the world's top sport psychology professional organizations. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Sport Psychology registry for the 2008-2012 Quadrennium.



Vision Training



Vision training specialist David DaSilva heads this unique and critical component of IMG Academy's athletic and personal development program. Using state-of-the-art technology, DaSilva applies the same techniques used by fighter pilots to increase the strength in the muscles of the eye, the endurance of these muscles and to improve communication between the brain and the images captured by the eyes, thus improving the speed and efficiency by which an athlete can process the information that they see.



Communications



Seven-time Olympic Commentator Lewis Johnson utilizes his experience as a former All-American and professional track athlete coupled with his 15 years of experience in broadcasting to lead communications and media training. Johnson's objective is to help athletes leverage their brand by maximizing their opportunities with the media, seize their moment in the spotlight and conduct successful interviews, press conferences and social media engagement. Johnson was just named by SI.com as one of the 2012 "Best Sideline Reporters" for his work with NBC.



Last year's class of IMG Academy NFL Combine/Draft trainees featured Combine standouts like Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson, who posted the second fastest QB time on the 40, with a 4.55, and on the 20-yard shuttle with a 4.09. Wilson and Kirk Cousins, both of whom trained together at IMG Academy along with Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill (8th overall, 2012 NFL Draft), had strong position-specific field outings, silencing critics who had questioned their size and arm strength, respectively. All three quarterbacks have continued to impress and, in Wilson's case, even break records in their first NFL season.



Also of note, IMG Academy trainee Luke Kuechly was best among linebackers at the Combine in the 60-yard shuttle with an 11.43. He posted an explosive 38" vertical and 4.58 on the 40, placing him third among linebackers in both categories. Kuechly was selected 9th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, and has not disappointed the Carolina Panthers since, with an astounding 164 tackles and a pair of interceptions on the season.



In all, twenty IMG Academy-trained athletes were selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Outside of the seven first and second round picks, rewarding pick-ups included: Russell Wilson (75th overall to the Seattle Seahawks; rushed for more yards than any QB in Seahawks history; tied for most touchdown passes by a QB in his rookie season in NFL history) and Alfred Morris (173rd overall to the Washington Redskins; broke Redskins single season rushing record).



Earlier members of the IMG Academy NFL Combine/Draft and/or Off-Season Training Program included: Chris Weinke, Drew Brees, Steve Hutchinson, Chad Pennington, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Alex Smith, Cam Newton, and Christian Ponder.



Contact: Kim Berard, IMG Performance, kim.berard@imgworld.com, 941-447-1316



IMG Academy is the world-leading provider of academic, athletic and personal development programs. With expert instruction, a proven training methodology, professional-grade facilities and a challenging and motivating learning environment that brings together individuals of all ages and backgrounds, IMG Academy provides the ultimate foundation for future success.



The Bradenton, Fla.-based campus annually attracts nearly 200,000 athletes, coaches, event participants and spectators from 100 countries. IMG Academy offers sports camps and academy programs, in addition to training opportunities for adult, collegiate and professional athletes, as well as teams and leagues. IMG Academy is also the host venue for countless international amateur and professional sporting events.



IMG Academy (imgacademy.com) is housed within the IMG Performance (imgperformance.com) division of IMG Worldwide (imgworld.com).



This information was brought to you by Cision http://www.cisionwire.com



http://www.cisionwire.com/img-academies/r/img-academy-s-2013-nfl-combine-draft-training-program-features-three-dozen-top-prospects,c9356990



The following files are available for download:










wkr0006.pdf

PDF



Page: 1


Related Keywords: SPORTSUSA, Sports, Science, Sports, Football, Olympics, Basketball,
Related Sites: AEC Newsroom ,   Digital CAD ,   IBC News ,   BN - Broadcast Newsroom ,   DMN Newswire ,   BN - Production ,   BN - Avid ,   BN - Facilities ,   VideoBasedTutorials
Related Newsletter: CADList Newsletter ,   Tutorial Finder ,   Review Seeker ,   BN - Broadcast Newswire

apple desktop
CT1001178 Crucial 2GB Kit (2 X 1GB) PC3200 DDR-400MHz non-ECC Unbuffered CL3 184-Pin DIMM Memory for Apple iMac G5-1.8GHz 17-inch Desktop Mfr P/N CT1001178 Desktop Memory
By Crucial, start from $ 57.99
CT479306 Crucial 2GB Kit (2 X 1GB) PC2-5300 DDR2-667MHz non-ECC Unbuffered CL5 240-Pin DIMM Memory for Apple Power Mac G5 (Quad 2.5GHz DDR2) Desktop/PC Memory Mfr P/N CT479306 Desktop Memory
By Crucial, start from $ 39.99
CT938459 Crucial 4GB Kit (2 X 2GB) PC3-8500 DDR3-1066MHz ECC Unbuffered CL7 240-Pin DIMM Memory for Apple Mac Pro 8-coreXeon5500Series 3rd Gen Early 2009 Desktop Mfr P/N CT938459 Server Memory
By Crucial, start from $ 59.99
CT441640 Crucial 2GB Kit (2 X 1GB) PC3200 DDR-400MHz non-ECC Unbuffered CL3 184-Pin DIMM Memory for Apple Power Mac G5 Dual 1.8GHz 4 DIMM Sockets DDR Model Mfr P/N CT441640 Desktop Memory
By Crucial, start from $ 57.99
JiMS-70i Desktop Clock Radio - Apple Dock Interface - Proprietary Interface (2 x Alarm - FM - iPhone Dock, iPod Dock, Charging Dock - Preset Snooze)
By Jensen, start from $ 36.99
MI4390BLK Desktop Clock Radio - Apple Dock Interface (FM)
By MemCorp, start from $ 36.99
HOT THREADS on DMN Forums
Greets! (2) • by wayoutwest on the on the Cinema 4D forum Fatal Error When Switch To Shaded Mode! Please Help! Urgent!!!! (1) • by tristan on the on the Alias Maya forum Need Help! Please Read! (1) • by Babyface on the on the 3ds max forum Which Editing Software?  • by Lashta on the on the Visual Effects forum Lights Problem in Lightwave 3D  • by George Greek on the on the NewTek LightWave forum Computer Animation and Digital Art Competitions; deadline April 1  • by DRT on the on the Animation Artist forum Computer Animation and Digital Art Competitions; deadline April 1  • by DRT on the on the Digital Animators forum Poser 6 Secret #1  • by David Nagel on the on the Poser forum Alias’ MotionBuilder and Maya “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour  • by Vanessa21 on the on the Oceania forum Alias’ MotionBuilder and Maya “Rated ‘P’ for PLAY” Tour  • by Vanessa21 on the on the Mac Animation Pro forum

@ Copyright, 2014 Digital Media Online, All Rights Reserved