STEUBENVILLE - Something new is coming to the Ohio Valley and there are a lot of people already on board.
The Trinity Sports Medicine and Performance Center will host the inaugural P3 Athletic Combine at 8 a.m. May 31 at Harding Stadium.
And, it's not just for football players.
Athletes from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors are eligible to compete.
"A lot of players are under recruited or not recruited out of this area," said Ryan Nolan, the combine coordinator. "This is an opportunity for them to get their name out there, promote themselves and see where it takes them.
"There are a lot of opportunities, not only at the Division I level, but at all levels of college athletics. A lot of people sometimes get locked in on D1, D1, D1, but that doesn't always work. If you are a 5-foot-9, 180-pound kid, you might have other options.
"I think it is important that this isn't just for football players. There are other sports besides football. Football is probably the easiest in getting your name out there. If you're a soccer player, a tennis player or a swimmer, you still need the services that are here.
"You can still take advantage of the educational program, the nutritional program.
"The biggest thing, I think, is on the nutritional end. Kids don't know what to do after practice or how to handle their nutrition after a game, pre-game or the week leading up to the game."
The pre-event includes measuring height, weight, body fat and getting a profile picture.
The tested events will include: 40 yard sprint, shuttle run, L drill, vertical jump, long jump, medicine ball throw and an obstacle course.
There will also be a functional movement screen that will identify weaknesses so the athletes can learn corrective exercises to maximize performance.
The mission of the program is:
- "To help individuals, athletes, and the community reach their health, wellness and athletic goals by providing resources, education and medically designed programs
- "To promote athletic ability, injury prevention and provide a positive environment for our youth, the future success and the well-being or our participants
- "To serve the Tri-State Area as a valued resource for business owners, parents, coaches, and youth sports organizations."
"This is much more than just a one day thing," said Dr. Michael Scarpone, the medical director of Trinity Sports Medicine. "This is more of a global look, if you will.
"This is where someone can come in and learn how to eat right, whether it's during a sport or in their daily lives. Hopefully, when people of all ages go through this, and not necessarily the combine, they can be a more complete person, not just an athlete."
The P3 stands for protect, progress and perform.