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02/25/2010 5:20 PM ET
Mariners add Dr. Marcus Elliott as Director of Sports Science and Performance
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Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik has announced that Dr. Marcus Elliott, MD, has joined the organization as the Director of Sports Science and Performance.

Dr. Elliott is the founder of Peak Performance Project (P3), a science-based program (located in Santa Barbara, CA) known for its innovative use of science to develop sports-specific workout programs which optimize sports performance and limit injury risk.

For the Mariners, P3 is developing baseball-specific programs for the minor league players as well as any Major League players who are interested. (For more information on P3 and Dr. Elliott, visit www.p3.md).

Zduriencik said, "We have an excellent strength and conditioning staff, and we are very fortunate to now have Dr. Elliott working with the Mariners organization on our program. He is breaking new ground in the world of sports performance and has started to implement his programs starting with our minor league mini camp and upwards as the program unfolds."

Our Major League players are also welcome and encouraged to take advantage of his innovations and experience." To help integrate P3 with the Mariners staff, including Allen Wirtala and James Clifford, two new staff members have been added in the Mariners minor league system: Danny Garcia is the Coordinator of Sports Science and Performance, and Charlie Kenyon is the Performance Specialist.

Dr. Elliott is a Harvard-trained physician who has worked with world-class athletes, including those of the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. He has worked directly with the New England Patriots of the NFL and the Utah Jazz of the NBA. In recent years, development and injury prevention of professional baseball players has become a core focus at the P3 sports science center.

Zduriencik added, "We are all excited to add the quality of a Marcus Elliott to our organization and are looking forward to the implantation of the program and watching the development of our players throughout the organization. We are exploring many ways to maximize their potential and abilities."

Last year the Mariners added Steve Hecht as the club's performance coach (helping players with mental training) and Kim Larson as the team's nutritionist. In addition, the club added the Statistical Analysis Department under the direction of Tony Blengino.

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