Young’s football players riding MMA train
Chicago Sun-Times – June 24, 2011
By John Silver for Chicago Sun-Times
Athletes have found that mixed-martial-arts training techniques have great value for non-fighters.
Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer has pioneered MMA cross-training by teaming with legendary fighter Randy Couture to help athletes learn new skills and techniques. NFL players Jared Allen and Clay Matthews and the White Sox’ Adam Dunn have seen benefits to this training.
The general public can get in on this, too. On Tuesday, Xbox released ‘‘UFC Personal Trainer’’ for Kinect system. Developed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and some of MMA’s top trainers, it’s also available on PS3 Move and Wii game platforms.
Locally, it has trickled down to the high school level. This week, members of the Young football team participated in 10-hour, weeklong mixed-martial-arts training at Emerald Smoke MMA gym.