When the difference between a first or fifth round selection can hinge upon tenths of a second, athletes will do everything they can for that extra advantage. Within IMG Academy’s NFL Combine training program, the Athletic and Personal Development staff have been proactive in the research and application of performance technologies to encourage their athletes to reach the next level. ALINE Systems, a leader in movement efficiency and functional mechanics, is one of a number of performance companies who lend their expertise. ALINE’s role during the initial NFL Combine athlete assessments was to evaluate each athlete’s lower body mechanics. Adrian Hubbard, a 6’6’’, 252-lb standout linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide, was one of several players who took special interest in the ALINE advantage.
As part of the initial assessment, Hubbard was fit using cutting-edge fit stand technology and provided a pair of ALINE Performance Insoles. He quickly noticed the difference in power transfer and response when working on his approach and agility drills, “I can really feel my legs staying straighter and my knees don’t collapse inwards. A lot more powerful and quicker response.” With his body in the correct bio-mechanical position, power was being driven to the proper engines to fuel him. Hubbard, a Georgia native, opted out of his final year of eligibility to chase his NFL dreams. During his tenure at Alabama with Coach Nick Saban, Hubbard won 2 BCS National Championships, 1 SEC Championship and garnered multiple personal accolades.
Recently, Hubbard was fortunate enough to be one of the elite athlet’s selected to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. In the midst of a hectic training and travel schedule he forgot to transfer his ALINEs into his practice cleats on Day 1 of Senior Bowl practice, and felt something was off. He did not make that mistake again during practice or during his game, and made an impressive six tackles at the Senior Bowl. At the conclusion of the game, in the hustle and bustle of interviews and saying goodbye to fellow pigskin warriors, Hubbard forgot to retrieve his cleats with the ALINEs inside. Once back on the IMG Academy campus, he was relieved to find another pair waiting for him.
IMG Academy aligns with a variety of industry leading performance companies to provide each NFL Combine athlete with every edge possible leading up to the ‘world’s toughest job interview’. The integration of ALINE provides athletes with a product and service that not only prevents future injuries, but also helps increase athletic performance though proper alignment.