The UPMC Sports Performance Complex is the finest and most complete football practice facility in the country.
The state-of-the-art training facility, which includes the Duratz Athletic Complex, features expansive training rooms, team meeting and film-viewing rooms, weight rooms and dining facilities. It additionally houses coaching and administrative staff offices as well as the Panthers' academic support personnel. In short, it has everything a football player could ever need or want to reach his highest potential.
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The Pitt football team has direct access to the finest sports medicine care in the world. The complex features a 40,000-square-foot clinical, teaching and research facility, and a 125,000-square-foot indoor center for rehabilitation. Physicians and orthopaedic surgeons see patients on-site. The center has private examination rooms, on-site digital x-ray units and a wide-bore MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) unit designed specifically for the types of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries commonly seen at the center. The diagnostic imaging equipment is filmless and is instantly accessible on-site via computerized web-based images that can be stored as well as clearly transmitted for consultation anywhere in the world.
The center's 6,000-square-foot physical therapy and rehabilitation area is fully equipped for physical therapists and athletic trainers to direct specific types of injury rehabilitation. The physical therapy and rehab area also has a 25-by-30-foot therapeutic pool and a functional gym providing athletes with functional assessment of their rehabilitation progress with their therapist on-site.
The Panthers have two outdoor grass practice fields at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Both fields have lighting, allowing for night workouts. Additionally, the complex's indoor practice facility features a regulation-size FieldTurf field and a four-lane track.
Each Pitt coach has their own expansive meeting room for their position players complete with state-of-the-art video capabilities. The quarterback meeting area is named the "Dan Marino Room" in honor of the former Pitt quarterback and Pro and College Football Hall of Famer. The dedication was made in 2000 when Marino returned to his alma mater for a special ceremony honoring his retirement following 17 record-breaking seasons in the NFL.
Pitt's locker room features 115 spacious lockers which are personalized for each player and a lounge area.
The recently refurbished Hearst Academic Center for Student-Athletes features a computer lab and student reference library. It is staffed by academic counselors to help the Panthers reach their highest potential in the classroom.
The Pitt weight room is furnished with the very latest in strength and conditioning equipment. The expansive training area is utilized year-round for both offseason and in-season lifting regimens.
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