SOURCE: IMG Academies

January 24, 2008 18:41 ET

IMG Academies Announces Restructured International Performance Institute

BRADENTON, FL--(Marketwire - January 24, 2008) - IMG Academies (IMGA) is pleased to announce that the International Performance Institute (IPI), a long-time staple for athletic development, has recently been repositioned to encompass 6 internal subdivisions, namely Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center (BSMC), Mental Conditioning (MC), Leadership, game on, The Wellness Spa, The Nutrition Division, and Tom Shaw Performance Enhancement (TSP).

Tom Shaw and HJ Adams will lead physical conditioning. Shaw has worked extensively with elite football athletes and has a wealth of experience in the development of tennis, basketball, baseball, and soccer athletes. HJ Adams has spent the last 3 seasons with the strength and conditioning division at the New Orleans Saints and will coordinate Tom's division at IMGA with performance coaches.

Chris Passarella is the new Director of Mental Conditioning. Chris begins his 7th year with IMGA and looks to continue the strong development that IMG Academies MC has seen in the last 4 years.

Dr. Sally Parsonage will head our Nutrition Division, bringing an internationally established pedigree in the field. Sally has provided nutritional guidance to athletes in a wide range of team and individual sports.

Kevin Murdoch has taken over as Director of the Bollettieri Sports Medicine Center (BSMC). The BSMC has developed a comprehensive and custom-designed approach to rehabilitation. They are also noted for helping athletes prevent and recover from injuries and/or surgery.

game on Media is run by two top-level consultants, Steve Shenbaum and Blair Blumesten. Shenbaum has consulted with the NBA, the NFL Referees, and the San Francisco 49ers' QB Alex Smith.

IPI will be directed and overseen by Trevor Moawad, the former Director of Mental Conditioning. His clients solicited for IMGA include the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars, FSU Basketball and Soccer, Michigan Soccer, and Michael Johnson Performance in Dallas.

About IMG Academies

IMG Academies, a division of IMG, is the world's largest and most successful multi-sport, training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres in Bradenton, Florida, the IMG Academies complex encompasses the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Swimming Academies, International Performance Institute, The Pendleton School, University of Miami, The Wellness Spa, Academy Realty, and IMG Academies Golf and Country Club.

More information about IMG Academies is available at www.imgacademies.com.

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier sports, entertainment and media enterprise.

Operating in 30 countries, IMG's diverse businesses include: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; and client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motor sports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. IMG Academies are the world's largest and most advanced multi-sport training and educational facilities, delivering world-class sports training experiences to more than 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult, and professional athletes each year.

IMG's media and entertainment operations include content production subsidiaries Darlow Smithson Productions and Tiger Aspect Productions. Globally, IMG produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually. IMG also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com.

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