NFL Combine Training for the NFL Draft
Dr. Joel Seedman, Ph.D.
With the NFL draft taking place I wanted to give a shoutout to all the awesome athletes I worked with the last several months to prep them for the next stage in their football careers. Lots of incredible talent in this group and quite a few NFL teams itching to get their hands on these guys. Here’s a brief highlight showcasing their hard work paying off with some box jumps, depth drops, and sprint.
Yes this is an incredibly high box jump and depth drop and to be honest 90% of the time we focused on substantially lower heights with deconstructed mechanics. However, occasionally I like to push the envelope so the guys can see firsthand how they’ve improved as well as build up mental confidence.
This year the improvements in sprinting speed, jump performance, power, strength, agility, and overall muscle function were off the charts and it just further highlights all the quality work and dedication these guys put into their training and nutrition. And if I had to highlight a few key things we did. 1. Eccentric Isometrics and lots of them, 2 Foot and Ankle training drills, 3. Olympic lifts, 4. Plyometric drills, 5. Unique stabilization exercises to work on form, mechanics, and motor control 6. Postural Re-Education and Spinal Correction and 7. Proper Nutrition and Supplementation.
Here's an example of some of the foot and ankle stabilization I did with my NFL combine guys this year. In fact each workout we always performed at least one foot and ankle stabilization drill strategically implemented into the program for the sake of maximizing their performance and minimizing injury. In this particular video I had the guys performing a single leg swap while on a bench.
The single leg swap is one of the most effective foot and ankle stabilization drills there is not only for improving foot and ankle stability but for eliminating energy leaks throughout the kinetic chain. Performing them on a bench not only requires greater balance due to the softer and more unstable surface but it also requires greater focus and mental engagement to avoid falling off the bench. In addition, it helps to ensure the athletes keep proper alignment as they use the bench to gauge their alignment.
Much of the power and speed these guys built this year can be attributed to foot and ankle drills as well as eccentric isometrics and other unique training methods. If you want to learn more about how to program and implement foot and ankle training protocols for the sake of maximizing speed, power, agility, strength, force production, motor control, muscle function, and overall athleticism as well as greatly reduce the risk of injury throughout the lower extremities check out my bestselling Foot and Ankle Manual.
Here's a unique and advanced example of training their upper body strength for the 225 bench press test.
Here's and example of combining eyes closed training with Olympic lifting such as cleans, snatches, and similar variations.
Here's an example of their single leg eccentric isometric work as we honed in on their single leg hip hinge - a highly critical component for athletic performance.
Here's a band-resisted squat-stance deadlift example to improve lower body strength and size with the end result of enhancing athletic performance and functional movement.
Also a big shoutout to GSP the top athletic performance institute in the south who I’ve partnered with the last several years for the NFL combine. Love the partnership and teamwork and more success to come in the future. Big congrats to all!!!!