IMG Junior Golf Tour hits the links in the Northeast for ALINE Systems Junior Open

ALINE Systems Jr. Open at Wyncote Golf Club
ALINE Systems Jr. Open at Wyncote Golf Club

The IMG Junior Golf Tour teed off in Oxford, Pa. for the ALINE Systems Junior Open at Wyncote Golf Club, Oct. 26-27. Chilly temperatures and high wind gusts could not stop the competition from heating up among a field of 68 players from seven states. In the Boys 15-18 division, Liam McAnally of Downingtown, Pa. carded solid rounds of 76-79 to secure his first-career Tour victory. “It was very cold and windy out there so I just tried to focus on keeping my shots low and out of the wind as much as possible,” McAnally said of his performance. “The key for me was my short game; being able to get up and down when I missed greens.”

McAnally recently finished fifth in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state tournament. Incidentally, McAnally wore a pair of ALINE insoles, which he says he has in every pair of shoes he owns, through the weekend.

In the Girls division, 13-year old Kaitlyn Lees of Bryn Mawr, Pa. turned in scores of 87-76 to secure the victory. Meanwhile, Alex Chin of Chatham, N.J. finished with rounds of 78-81 to claim his second Tour title after winning his division at Berkshire Valley earlier this month.

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Title sponsor ALINE Systems provided all participants with free ALINEment analysis on site, and sponsored the #PowerStraightUp par-five contest on the ninth hole. Winners in the par-five contest were chosen for achieving the lowest aggregate score, with Andrew Bowyer of Summit, N.J. and Kaitlyn Lees earning free pairs of ALINE insoles for their performance.

The ALINE Systems Junior Open marked the sixth event on the IMG Junior Golf Tour calendar, and the last Northeast event in 2013. The event was hosted by Wyncote Golf Club, which is ranked by Golf Magazine as the ‘No. 5 course you can play in Pennsylvania.’  AJGA Performance Based Entry was awarded to the top five finishers in the Boys division and the Girls division winner. The Tour gets back underway at the PGA Golf Club – Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Nov. 9-10. The Tour will return to the Northeast in 2014 at Heron Glen Golf Club in Ringoes, N.J., April 5-6.

– To see original article plus more visit IMG Junior Golf Tour site at: http://www.imgjuniorgolftour.com

ALINE Powers Puerto Rican National Basketball Team to the FIBA Americas Cup

JJ Barea of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team and Minnesota Timbersolves having his ALINEment evaluated
JJ Barea of the Puerto Rican National Basketball Team and Minnesota Timbersolves having his ALINEment evaluated

Recently the Puerto Rican National Basketball team made the pilgrimage to IMG Academy in Bradenton to prepare for the FIBA Americas Cup taking place in Caracas, Venezuela through August and September.  ALINE was in the house to evaluate and assess our caribbean neighbors. The Puerto Rican team is comprised of Puerto Rican nationals, NBA, and NCAA Division 1 players that took advantage of all IMG had to offer.  One of the services the guys immediately we’re intrigued by was the ALINE Systems Functional ALINEment Assessment.  Andres Rodriguez was the first to enter the ALINEment Center inquiring about the assessment and ALINE Performance Insoles.  Once the ice was broken, the rest of the team fell in.  They could all immediately see the benefit and impact ALINE had on their lower bodies and could see how this would reflect on the court.  Enrico Encarnacion, the director of Sports Medicine for the National Team, took a special interest in the assessment.  Seeing players on a day to day basis, treating for overuse issues, and dealing with the previous injuries from years of high level competition, he was acutely aware of the beneficial impact a product such as ALINEs would have on his athletes.

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Being selected as a member the national team creates a feeling of pride, professional success and patriotism while selecting a coach from a foreign nation to manage your national team brings about a feeling of failure, question and thievery for some.  Nonetheless, its still a common occurrence.  A perfect example of this is in the world of soccer.  From 2008 to 2012 Fabio Capello, an Italian, coached the English National Soccer Team, who are widely known as the birthplace of “footy”.  More recently Jurgen Klinsmann, from the Netherlands, was hired to the helm of the US National soccer team.  The lack of success of a previous regime lends itself to heading in a new direction, with a new coach, adopting a completely new style which has proven more successful.

On July 18th, Francisco “Paco” Olmos, a Spaniard, was hired as the new coach for the Puerto Rican National Basketball team.  Amid much controversy Carlos Beltran, the President of the Basketball Federation for Puerto Rico stated, “I had to, the team needed a change”.  If you follow basketball on an international scale, you should be well aware of the success of the Spanish National Team.  They have been consistently ranked in the top 5 internationally over the past decade as well as claiming silver in the past two summer olympic games

One of the early decisions Coach Olmos made was to remove the team from the hoopla associated with the change and bring the team to IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL to train for the FIBA Americas Cup.  IMG is quickly becoming the chosen destination for the world’s elite athletics.  The “one-stop shop” of athletics, performance, and medical facilities on one campus has made IMG even more attractive than the year round perfect weather. While on campus, some of the more noteworthy athletes to cross the path of ALINE’s own, Jonna Pento, were JJ Barea (NBA – Minnesota Timberwolves/Dallas Mavericks), Carlos Arroyo (Ex-NBA – Miami Heat), and Renaldo Balkman (Ex-NBA – NYKnicks/Denver Nuggets).  The overriding trend seen throughout the entire PR Team’s evaluation were the typical signs of the stress from playing on an unnatural and unforgiving surface associated with basketball.  Collapsed arches, repetitive ankle sprains/strains and excessive pronation syndrome. ALINE to the rescue!!!  Before the team’s departure they invited Jonna into their private practice at IMG for pictures and to present him with official team apparel.

Puerto Rican National Basketball Team 2013 with ALINE's own Jonna Pento
Puerto Rican National Basketball Team 2013 with ALINE’s own Jonna Pento

A last second three point shot by Alex Galindo ricocheted out as the Boricuas claimed silver 91-89 on September 11th as Puerto Rico lost a thrilling game to Mexico in the finals of the FIBA Americas Cup.  Before the final game began both teams had already clinched spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Since then all of the Puerto Rican players have dispersed to professional teams throughout the globe.

Just the other day the phone rang with a mysterious unknown number from Louisiana.  When I picked up Renaldo Balkman was on the other end.  The Dallas Mavericks had seen how productive his performance was during the America’s Cup and picked him up for a pre-season contract.  Renaldo was so impressed with his performance on top of ALINE Insoles all he wanted to know was…”Jonna, what do I have to do to get my hands on more pairs?!”

  • Written/Edited by: Jonna Pento

Cam Newton – NFA 7v7 Football National Championships: The Youth Athlete Contradiction

Cam Newton with QB Skill Challenge Champion
Cam Newton with QB Skill Challenge Champion

If you’re looking for the Gridiron/Battle in the Trenches style of football played upon the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, you will NOT find it here my friends.  This is 7v7 football – a high speed, lightning intensity paced game where the focus falls upon the skill players.  If the vertical attack of the quarterback to his gravity-defying wide receivers virtually dicing the defense apart as a skilled butcher would take apart a side of beef sounds appealing to you, then this is your game!

On the weekend of June 21st, the Third Annual Cam Newton Skills Challenge kicked off the IMG7v7 National Championship weekend festivities, which took place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.  This event attracts some of the nation’s most elite high school talent reaching from Delaware, Canada, Colorado, Florida and all points between.  Teams qualified through a series of events held all across the United States. This was one of the last opportunities to watch players by the names of Quincy Wilson(48 D1 offers), Richard Yeargin(40 D1 offers), Sam Bruce(Nephew of NFL great Isaac Bruce), Bo Scarborough(RB – Alabama commit), Jeff Holland(45 D1 offers), or Kevin Toliver II(CB – LSU commit) without paying top dollar for a ticket.

As an Official Sponsor of IMG, ALINE Systems was in attendance to evaluate and analyze all of the athlete’s functional lower body alignment.  The results were, in a word, shocking.  In this context shocking has dual meaning, as you will see.

The Skills Challenge kicked off the weekend’s competition.  After a motivating speech from Cam Newton himself, the battle was underway to crown the tournament’s top Quarterback and Wide Receiver.  The ALINE Team was placed just outside the End Zone ready to Evaluate Like Champions…(insert Notre Dame Fight Song)

As the day progressed two things became blatantly apparent.  1 – These young men were amazing physical specimens and individuals. 2 – Overuse Syndrome has become an epidemic! The amount and frequency of injuries along with severe mal-alignments were, as I mentioned earlier, quite shocking.  Running the gamut from chronic lateral ankle sprain to medial tibial stress syndrome through ACL/PCL complete tears.  Even at this youthful age, Lower Back Pain was a common complaint.  Historically an issue developed late in life from the punishment placed upon the body from years of movement, now seems to have translated to the youth athletic population.  The ALINE Team was in amazement at the contradiction of elite level athletic performance and severe injury frequency and history.

On the positive side, in most all cases the youth foot is flexible.  Still malleable and not rigid from decades of punishment, we were able to place these young men on the ALINE Foot Suspension Systems and correct most of their alignment maladies.  The severe pronation and correlated genu-valgum(knock-knees) knee patterns disappeared as the ALINEment advanced.  Instant comfort was felt and healthier tracking patterns seen.  The simplistic joy seen on the faces of these pigskin warriors when the Red Line bisected their well muscled legs and ALINE under foot was a constant pleasure.  Again the ALINE Advantage was able to identify lower extremity alignment issues and aid in the prevention of further injury or deformity allowing these young athletes to perform to their utmost potential!

The event weekend concluded on Sunday with Team Tampa being crowned the NFA 7v7 National Champions for the second year in a row! It was an intra-Floridian battle with Tampa overtaking Miami’s own South Florida Express Elite, 25-24.  Cam Newton was in attendance throughout the entire event.  If his physical presence and personality didn’t alert you to his NFL pedigree, you would think he another one of the kids.  As an outsider looking in, it’s always refreshing to see an athlete of his acclaim and success able to interact with young, aspiring student-athletes.  Also, at the conclusion of the Skills Challenge, Cam was there to hand out award packages including ALINE Performance Insoles!

The facts are clear about the importance of alignment and foot care.  The human body is not made up of separate parts.  “The knee bone’s connected to the shin bone…”as the song goes.  It is this kinetic chain that must be maintained and assessed over time.  The challenge is changing the knowledge base of youth, coaches and families so they all understand that their foundation directly affects their function.  This fact alone will have positive long term effects on not only their football careers, but their quality of life beyond the Gridiron.

  •  Written/Edited by: Jonna Pento

BIG ALINE News folks: Barcelona XGAMEs Finals

ALINE took the XGAMES by storm in Barcelona. Our athletes landed 2/3’s of XGAME gold’s as well as 19 out of 36 medals! 8 out of 12 possible Gold’s were won by ALINEd athletes! Way to go!

Gary Young, our top 3 ALINE fan & good friend took home the Gold in the BMX Park. Gary has been on ALINE for 7 years, awesome! Another avid ALINE user, Perfo Barros, has been on ALINE for 5 years. Perfo took home the Gold at the Skate Park!

ALINEs favorite event for the podium: BIG AIR BMX GOLD! Congrats to Zack Warden for sleighing in the Gold!

And last but not least, our long time athlete Ronnie Renner back on MOTO Top literally with Gold step up Moto!!

by  Crosby Press

In his horrific, inverted crash in the 2013 X Games Snowmobile Freestyle event, Daniel Bodin‘s most crucial piece of gear was his helmet — a visor fragment even snapped off when the track of his sled came crashing violently down on his head.

But whatever went wrong to send Bodin sprawling to the 100-foot jump’s packed-snow run-out, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t that his ankles were bugging him. And we’re pretty sure that’s due to ALINE.

A humble company that operates from an old sailing loft in Marblehead, Massachusetts, ALINE makes a custom-fitted insole that many of the world’s top athletes look to for additional support & lower-body health. It’s an unglamorous niche product whose performance benefits have drawn the likes of Tony HawkTravis Pastrana, and a ton of snow athletes at this year’s X Games — including the now-bruised Bodin.

“Alines are amazing”, crooned the Swedish sledder. “My left ankle was really messed up, and once I got a pair I can walk further without pain and I can go out to the mountain and it doesn’t hurt. I’ve been on [the insoles] for three years now.”

“The typical insole that comes inside a ski or snowboard boot is just a quarter inch of foam”, explained Derek Carroll, the brand’s president in phone call before the 2013 X Games, at which Aline is one of the few private brands welcomed into the official athlete tent.

“The foot slides around inside… and all the great technology invested in these boots is lost, because companies don’t want to invest in something the company doesn’t see.” But with the insole — the entry- level stock version of which can be had for around 80 bucks — the boot sits on proprietary ribs that run across the arch.

“The Aline lets [the foot] move, because otherwise it can’t generate power”, said Carroll. Effectively, the Aline technology positions the user’s foot operate efficiently, reducing threat of injury and fatigue.

Though it’s operated by a mere seven employees, the brand holds six foot-tech-related patents, which inform products found in Bodin’s boots, plus those of 10 Winter X Games athletes (that we know of). Those clients are medalists, by the way — Bodin, Jamie Anderson, Dave Wise, and Sammy Carlson each earned at least one gold in the past three years’ Winter X Games.

Hit Aline’s webstore to buy a stock pair of insoles, or to learn more about getting custom-fitted for a pair like the pros.

IMG Academy NFL Combine trainees use ALINE to maximize performance on the field

Eric Reid LSUIMG Academy Former LSU safety Eric Reid gets his ALINE analysis from President and Founder, Derek Carroll Posted: February 04, 2013

by: john.esfeller@imgworld.com

Competing in sports at the highest level takes its toll on the human body, especially the knees, ankles and feet. Years of hammering, pivoting, and pressure frequently result in lower body misalignment. This misalignment correlates to a significant increase in leg and lower back injuries. Enter IMG Academy performance sponsor: ALINE. ALINE’s patented insole technologies were developed over twenty years of research with the everyday athlete to the world-class athlete. While athletes of all levels may be familiar with the concept of a customized insoles or orthotics, few recognize the difference an ALINE can make.

According to President and Founder of ALINE, Derek Carroll, using a customized insole is like “putting a cast around the foot, keeping it the same. We want the foot to go backwards and regain its natural shape again. Once unlocked, the ankle, knee and the body wants to realign itself.” ALINE’s dynamic bFAST® Foot Suspension Technology™ enables athletes’ arches to reshape and align for better overall performance.

ALINE provides its expertise in lower body alignment analysis to athletes, educating them on their bio-mechanics and how to improve and increase their performance levels. Recently, Carroll and his team visited IMG Academy to work with this year’s NFL Combine Training class of more than 40 top prospects. The best power position for these athletes is found when the body is perfectly aligned. This is essential for a defensive end wanting to explode off the line, or any NFL Combine trainee trying to shave that extra half of a second off their 40-yard dash.

“ALINE believes that the foot and its proper function is critical to the performance of athletes,” said ALINE President Derek Carroll. “Athletes who come to IMG Academy test their bodies to the limits, and ALINE is there to help them perform. A misaligned lower body reduces an athlete’s control and performance, and leads to increased wear and tear on the body. We are here to try and reduce that wear and tear and enable athletes to continue improving and thriving.”

Performance footwear leader ALINE Systems joins IMG Academy as official alignment and foot services provider

Bradenton, Fla. (September 13, 2012) – ALINE Systems, the leading producer of Foot Suspension Systems, has teamed up with IMG Academy as the exclusive foot services provider to the world-renowned education and sports training institution. ALINE will establish a presence at IMG Academy to provide state-of-the-art laser alignment analysis and performance footwear solutions to the countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes who call the campus their training home. IMG Academy’s athletes and coaches will also play a role in the development and testing of new ALINE product innovations.

“We are committed to providing our athletes access to the most cutting-edge technology to maximize their performance potential,” said Trevor Moawad, Director of Athletic and Personal Development at IMG Academy. “ALINE’s onsite presence will offer our athletes not only advanced footwear solutions, but also invaluable biomechanical feedback that can help them perform at their best while taking steps to prevent injury.”

ALINE’s dynamic bFAST® Foot Suspension Technology™ enables athletes’ arches to reshape and align for better overall performance. ALINE provides lower body alignment analysis to athletes, educating them on their biomechanics and how to improve. ALINE’s Foot Suspension Systems are used by PGA Tour Pros, NFL players, Olympic Champions, X Games winners and much more. They feature ‘suspension zones’ that allow one’s feet to move more naturally, maintaining proper alignment through any range of motion.

“I believe that the foot and its proper function is critical to the performance of athletes,” said ALINE President Derek Carroll. “IMG Academy athletes test their bodies to the limits, and ALINE is there to help them perform.  A misaligned lower body reduces an athlete’s control and performance, and leads to increased wear and tear on the body. There’s no better place than IMG Academy to examine the needs of youth athletes and to contribute to their ongoing development.”

ALINE joins a growing roster of IMG Academy performance sponsors like Under Armour, Gatorade, TRX, Power Plate and SPRI. With more than 30,000 youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes passing through its campus annually, IMG Academy is the ideal research ‘lab’ for performance technology. A critical number of serious youth athletes training year-round provides an even more attractive environment for performance companies looking to understand the habits and needs of a budding population.

About ALINE

ALINE’s patented insole technologies were developed with the help of thousands of people, from X Games athletes to NFL Teams to PGA Tour Pros to Olympians. ALINE’s are not an insole, a foot bed, nor an orthotic device. Instead, ALINE’s are a foot alignment and support system that positions and suspends the foot inside a sports shoe or boot for maximum efficiency and power transfer. Their unique foot suspension system benefits athletes of all abilities by optimizing their foot and lower leg alignment to stop excessive pronation and other misalignments. www.ALINE.com.

About IMG Academy

IMG Academy is the world’s leading integrated academic and athletic training establishment. For more than 30 years, IMG Academy has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes realize their full potential in life and in sport.

Today, the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 30,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries annually. IMG Academy offers youth camp and academy programs in a variety of sports, as well as athletic and personal areas of development. Additionally, IMG Academy offers training programs for professional athletes, teams and leagues from around the world.

The ALINE insole system benefits athletes of all abilities by optimizing their foot and lower leg alignment to stop excessive pronation and other misalignments. The laser-assisted “ALINER” device quickly and easily measures foot size and ankle/knee position. In just minutes, the athlete can see exactly where his or her alignment should be. And the ALINE suspension insoles allow this optimization to occur naturally. For more on ALINE, visit http://www.aline.com or call 800-736-9005.

Media Contact

Derek Carroll
ALINE Systems, Inc.
30 Doaks Lane
Marblehead, MA 01945
800-736-9005 ext. 111
derek@aline.com

Killer Startups: Getting Realigned with ALINE Shoe Inserts

Many times, consumers purchase footwear based on style and popularity of shoe brand rather than with the thought of foot health in mind. ALINE Systems sells products designed to assist in correcting the damage that results from years of wearing shoes that may look good enough in the fashion magazines, but lead to long term foot problems from forcing the 26 bones in each foot out of alignment. ALINE insoles, available for purchase on Aline.Com, gently permit feet, ankles and lower legs to realign themselves naturally the more an individual wears the specially made shoe inserts.

Made with ALINE’s patented Bilateral Foot Alignment System technology, these insoles boast a construction of lycra, nylon and coolmax, a fabric created for athletes that keeps moisture away from the body and closer to the outer air for quick evaporation. Athletes of all types regularly use and swear by the insoles and socks sold by the Massachusetts based company that offers easy purchasing on their website, Aline.Com. Championship golfers and skiers use these products, as do motocross racers, joggers, snowboarders and hikers.

The need for foot health, rejuvenation and comfort, however, extend beyond the world of competition and sports and even regular, everyday men and women can find benefit in inserting the insoles into their shoes for everyday activities. Especially those needing to stand on their feet for extended periods of time. The American Podiatric Medical Association states that millions of Americans suffer foot problems from the shoes they wear, quite a large market of people for ALINE’s founders Derek Carroll, Keith Orr and Gordon Hay to target their products and online presence, at Aline.Com, to.

Article by: Steve Dixon

Wicked Local: Marblehead’s ALINE to provide foot services at Summer X Games Read more: Marblehead’s ALINE to provide foot services at Summer X Games

Marblehead — For the fifth year, ALINE Systems of Marblehead has been appointed as the foot-services provider for the Summer X Games 18, to be held this year in Los Angeles. At last year’s games, ALINE-supported athletes were seen on 11 of the Summer X Games’ 18 winners’ podiums. ALINE is one of a very small group of companies allowed by ESPN to work directly with the X Games athletes in their lounges, and is the only foot-support provider at the games. ALINE provides its revolutionary and patented “Foot Suspension Technology” to athletes including Travis Pastrana, Bucky Lasek, Steve McCann and Aaron Homoki, to help them perform and stay healthy.

“I genuinely believe that the foot and its proper function is critical to the performance of these athletes,” said ALINE President Derek Carroll. “X Games athletes test their bodies to the limits, and ALINE is there to help them perform. A misaligned lower body reduces an athlete’s control and performance, and leads to increased wear and tear on the body. A few millimeters of misalignment or loss of foot control can lead to a huge loss and can cost any of these athlete’s a medal. There’s no better arena for extreme athletes to use and contribute to our ongoing development, and we’re looking forward to our athletes’ continued successes.”

ALINE explains it dynamic Foot Suspension Technology enables athletes’ arches to reshape and align their feet for better overall performance. ALINE also provides lower-body analysis to all the athletes, educating them about their biomechanics and how to improve them.

About ALINE

ALINE’s patented insole technologies were developed with the help of thousands of people, from X Games athletes to NFL teams to PGA Tour pros to Olympians. ALINEs are neither an insole nor a foot bed nor an orthotic device. Instead, ALINEs are a foot-alignment-and-support system that positions and suspends the foot inside a sports shoe or boot for maximum efficiency and power transfer, according to the company. ALINE said its unique foot-suspension system benefits athletes of all abilities by optimizing their foot and lower-leg alignment to stop excessive pronation and other misalignments.

By Staff Reporter at Marblehead Reporter

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