Starting at 7:15 a.m., the first combine group was led into the dome by the Army soldiers. Once the players tied up the laces of their cleats, it was show time. The combine was split into two groups; each group consisting of about 250 of the nation's top selected football players.
To start out the day our partner Athletes' Performance introduced these football players to the importance and execution of movement prep.
In order to get all 500 players through the combine in a 6-hour span (with two separate groups) we split the field into 5 divisions. Two sections for the 40-yard dash, two sections for the shuttle, and one station for vertical jump measurements. Athletes' RFID bands provided an immediate association to the athlete, keeping all their personal scores in electronic form.
Although combine testing was measured by inches, or even by a small fraction of time, the greatest measure of all was the amount of dedication these athletes poured into training. Some players were thrilled about their times/inches, while others were disappointed. Despite each individual's outcome, every athlete in the dome still wanted to get better. Each one of them understood the value of investing in training.
National Combine athletes going through movement prep
National Combine Top Performers Awards
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