Baseball technology at IMG Academy is a passion that shows in the expertise of our coaches, our training methodology, our facilities, and also what we use to help athletes perform at an elite level. IMG Academy has cutting-edge technology available to student-athletes and campers that includes:
Gatorade Sports Science Institute
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) launched in 1985 and is committed to helping athletes optimize their performance by driving the research, improving education and providing world-class sports science services.
In 2011, GSSI opened a satellite lab in Bradenton, Florida, focused on helping to improve the performance of IMG Academy student-athletes. The GSSI Performance Lab at IMG Academy is located on campus and provides access to some of the world’s best sports science. It is GSSI’s first satellite location.
IMG Academy’s student-athletes will undergo the same tests given to some of the world’s top athletes, including Eli Manning, Dwight Howard, Landon Donovan, Hope Solo, Abby Wambach, Misty May-Treanor, and Kerri Walsh Jennings.
Motus Performance Analysis
Founded in 2010, Motus' mission is to help athletes reach their maximum performance potential and reduce their risk of injury through state-of-the-art sport science technology. The main biomechanics research lab rests on the IMG Academy campus, making it a prime location to work with elite professional and developmental athletes and coaches across a wide variety of sports. Motus has also developed strong partnerships with world-renowned clinical research groups such as the American Sports Medicine Institute, various professional sports teams, and other technology firms such as Microsoft and FusionSport.
As a student-athlete or camper you can sign up for a Motus performance analysis -- a state-of-the-art motion capture technology utilized by MLB teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. Utilizing 3D motion capture, the testing can help identify areas of improvement in power, coordination, flexibility and other key elements of performance. For more information or to schedule an appointment during your camp, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dartfish is one of the most advanced video technologies available in sports. IMG Academy Baseball program coaches use Dartfish technology and software to capture and analyze the swings of our athletes, providing them important visual feeback. This feedback is crucial in identifying mechanical issues and crafting a productive baseball swing. It is part of the reason why so many IMG Academy Baseball alumni are consistent hitters at the next level.
Combined with Dartfish technology, RightView Pro allows our coaches another visual aid in improving athletes' hitting mechanics. Not only is RightView Pro used by Major League Baseball and its players, it offers an extensive library of comprehensive video analysis featuring these players - the best hitters in the world. This combination of swing analysis technology instills proper swing mechanics and contributes heavily to the growing number of players the IMG Academy Baseball program has sent on to college and professional baseball.
One of the seven disciplines of the Athletic & Personal Development program is Vision Training. As with other forms of exercise intended to improve athletic performance, Vision Training enhances an athlete’s visual abilities. Vision Training often increases strength in the muscles of the eye, the endurance of these muscles and improves communication between the brain and the images captured by the eyes, thus improving the speed and efficiency by which an athlete can process the information that they see.
Vision Training with the technology offered by the IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Developement program enhances hand-eye coordination, peripheral vision, reaction time and depth perception. Then, using seven exercise protocols (Visual Alignment, Concentration, Visual Memory, Visual Accommodation, Saccadic Eye Movement, Dynamic Visual Acuity, and Eye Hand Coordination and Reaction), students are educated on how to apply their training into their respective sport.