Sep 09 Features an Interview with Matt Nelson of Matt Nelson Kicking Academy on His Role as a Kicking Coach and on Becoming a National Camp Series Associate

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 31, 2014

Kicking blog is featuring an interview with kicking coach Matt Nelson of Matt Nelson Kicking Academy on his role as a kicking coach, his kicking business, and on being a National Camp Series (NCS) Associate according to retired NFL kicker Michael Husted author of

“Matt Nelson is another high quality to our NCS fraternity, says Husted. He brings so many attributes to coaching. He is an outstanding pro prospect kicker, kicking coach, business person with a humble personality. No matter what happens with his pursuit of kicking in the NFL, he will be successful on and off of the field.

Husted has been acquainted with Nelson for some time.

I’ve known Matt from his days in high school when he was the first kicker to take advantage of my online start up, says Husted. Since then he has attended my Husted Kicking Pro Camp where he is one of the top ranked free agent prospects. Having him in the NCS family will provide young, aspiring, specialists in the South a great opportunity to learn and succeed.

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In addition to helping young kickers achieve their goals through his kicking academy and NCS, Nelson is also currently training as a free agent for the NFL.

So far Nelson has worked out for the New England Patriots in Foxborough, and on his Pro Day in Ruston with the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers. Most recently Nelson was invited to work out at the Cleveland Browns Mini Camp in May. In between professional workouts, Nelson continues to work with retired NFL kicker Michael Husted to refine his technique.

In his interview at, Nelson talks about the goal of Matt Nelson Kicking Academy.

The mission of Matt Nelson Kicking Academy is to develop high school athletes into NCAA blue chip specialists by providing superior, individual-focused, year-round training, coaching, analysis, designed to optimize distance, hang time, and accuracy through lessons and camps in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi, says Nelson. I believe the kicking game is an ongoing evolution, but the fundamentals remain the same. Kicking is both physical and mental and being prepared for different circumstances is essential. Confidence in who you are and what you do is crucial to your success.

Nelson says he is looking forward to being part of the NCS national team of coaches because the NCS ranking system (KIX) is the only ranking system that makes any sense.

The National Camp Series is the only ranking system that makes any sense, says Nelson. The NCS ranks guys based on statistics and consistency. It is the Money Ball for specialists looking to advance their kicking career to the next level. This falls right in line with the Mission of MNKA. It is extremely valuable for young specialists to gain exposure and see how they stack up compared to the rest of the country, and NCS has created the best platform for specialists.

Husted developed the National Camp Series (NCS) and the KIX ranking system- after spending 9 years in the NFL. He says he is looking forward to working with Nelson not just as a coach but as a peer.

NCS Associates are some of the best kicking coaches in the country, says Husted. NCS coaches provide the highest quality instruction to high school kicking specialists around the country and Matt Nelson is another high quality addition to our NCS fraternity.”


The National Camp Series (NCS) is a nationwide network of expert kicking coaches with NFL and College level playing experience. The goal of NCS is to provide effective instruction on the field and guidance off of the field that will allow student-athletes the ability to leverage their sport to get a college education.

The NCS offers regional DIVISIONAL Camps, CHAMPIONSHIP Camps and an annual SUPER CAMP that helps student-athletes gain experience through competition, prove consistency through localized training, and provide exposure to colleges and universities through our objective evaluation camps utilizing the Kicking IndeX (KIX) Player Rating System.

The National Camp Series was developed by former NFL Kicker Michael Husted. After a successful NFL career, Michael determined that there needed to be a more cohesive, analytical, and effective process to coach, evaluate, and guide student-athletes looking to play at the next level.

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Sep 08

Back to School Consumer Insights: HP Surpasses Apple in Intent to Purchase Amongst Electronics Shoppers

(PRWEB) August 29, 2014

With the back to school shopping season ramping up, TrendSource conducted its second annual back-to- school buying intentions study to determine the main drivers behind consumer purchases this season.

According to the study, for households going back to school shopping this season, on average, they are shopping for 2 people going back to school. The majority of responding households indicated having students go back to elementary school (50%), followed by high school and college (37% and 36% respectively) and middle school (29%).

From department stores to office supplies stores to online checkouts, the back to school buying season has consumers rushing to all sorts of retailers for their back to school needs.

Last year, HP and Apple dominated the electronics category and tied at 31% for those with brands in mind as the most sought after for the back to school buying season. But this year, electronics manufacturer HP surpassed Apple by 5%. 33% of respondents will seek HP and 27% will seek Apple computers/electronics for their back-to-school purchases; of which 55% of respondents plan to spend $ 300 or more, the highest out of all categories included in the survey.

By addressing consumers feelings surrounding a purchase, retailers can help steer a positive experience that develops customer loyalty. This years study measured purchase intent and sentiments related to purchases in the following categories: Fashion/Apparel, Computer/Electronics, School Supplies, and Accessories. TrendSource found that among the range of emotions associated with back to school purchases, the most commonly cited were excitement, and hopefulness. The intensity of these emotions corresponds to the out-of-pocket expense for purchases in each product category. In addition to being excited and hopeful, respondents in the electronics category had the highest rate of nervousness when compared to other purchase categories. Conversely, respondents purchasing fashion/accessories had the highest rate of stress when compared to other product categories.

For the detailed report and infographic, click here.

About This Study

TrendSource provides business intelligence, customer experience insight, compliance solutions, and other market research and data analysis programs that deliver measurable ROI. With over twenty years of experience, TrendSources customized solutions deliver high-quality Customer Experience Management Programs that quantify service gaps, provide prescriptive/corrective solutions, identify trends, and provide actionable solutions through enhanced reporting and analysis.

Sep 08

New Premium Training Webinar Announced: Breaking the Challenge Challenge with Ethan Edwards of Allen Interactions

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) August 13, 2014

Allen Interactions Inc., an internationally acclaimed custom learning design, development, strategic consulting, and technology firm, announces their next premium training webinar for e-learning professionals. The webinar, Breaking the Challenge Challenge, provides instructional designers wanting to break the molds of their current e-learning projects with techniques and strategies to employ the challenge aspect of Allen Interactions successful CCAF model of instructional interactivity.

Ethan Edwards, Chief Instructional Strategist at Allen Interactions, will explore what it means to design a compelling challenge. Challenge can be built into an interaction following a number of strategies that are far more significant than simply making a question difficult or by simply creating obstacles. On Tuesday September 9, 1-3 pm Central, Ethan Edwards invites e-learning professionals to discuss five powerful strategies to guide the design of an interactions challenge, explore how the strategies have been implemented in actual project work, and have a live design session to show how these ideas might be implemented in a new design.

A good instructional challenge should actually be an incentive to invest in the interaction rather than a deterrent, says Edwards. It is my hope that this webinar will help guide instructional designers to harness the power of good design, allowing them to create truly engaging challenges for their learners, resulting in meaningful results.

A Special Bonus for Participants:

If registrants enroll 5 or more days before the webinar, they will have the opportunity to submit a design challenge. Ethan will choose examples for the design exercise from those problems submitted. Just think, if your design challenge submission is selected, you’ll get a great head start on your own project!

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About Ethan Edwards

Ethan Edwards draws from more than 25 years of industry experience as an e-learning instructional designer and developer. He is responsible for the delivery of the internal and external training and communications that reflect Allen Interactions unique perspective on designing and developing meaningful and memorable e-learning programs. Edwards is the primary instructor for ASTDs e-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program. In addition, he is an internationally recognized speaker on instructional design and e-learning, and has written several white papers on creating effective e-learning. Ethan is a primary blogger for Allen Interactions’ e-Learning Leadership Blog.

About Allen Interactions Inc.

Allen Interactions creates powerful custom learning experiences that help achieve organizational business goals by improving performance one interaction at a time. With 20 years of deep experience and expertise in instructional design, technology, creativity, process, and project management, Allen Interactions consistently achieves positive business impact. For more information visit:

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Sep 06

FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare and FierceMobileHealthcare Announce Second Annual Fierce Innovation Awards Program

WASHINGTON, DC (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

FierceMarkets ( announced today the launch of its second annual Fierce Innovation Awards program targeting the healthcare industry. The Fierce Innovation Awards: Healthcare Edition is a CIO-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare and FierceMobileHealthcare. The program is designed to recognize companies that are creating technologies that enable healthcare providers to offer safer, more cost-effective care.

We were truly impressed with the level of innovation we saw from last years applicants, says Wendy Johnson, Publisher of FierceHealthIT, FierceHealthcare and FierceMobileHealthcare. Im looking forward to this years submissions, which will showcase exciting technology advancements made over the past year.

The online submission process is now open so that companies may submit their product or service for review. Each application will be evaluated by an expert panel of CIOs from major U.S. hospital and healthcare systems. The judges panel includes: