• Mayo Clinic, Athletes’ Performance Begin Sports Medicine and Human Performance Collaboration

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Mayo Clinic and Athletes' Performance today announced they have signed a letter of intent to partner in advancing proactive health and sports performance. The collaboration will include research and development, integrated performance solutions, advanced diagnostics, access to leading specialists, and the complete continuum of quality health and sports medicine care.

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Athletes' Performance clients will have access to experts across Mayo Clinic, including the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and specialty areas such as orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, internal medicine, cardiology, neurology, neuropsychology and psychiatry. Starting this summer, Athletes' Performance will begin collaborating with Mayo Clinic physicians in Arizona to serve patients who have experienced a concussion or other sports-related injury, providing access to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment programs, world class performance solutions and injury prevention training.

"We are excited about the potential of this relationship," says David Dodick, M.D., neurologist and director of Mayo Clinic in Arizona's Comprehensive Concussion Program. "This represents two organizations with a shared vision coming together to provide comprehensive health and wellness services to ensure that Mayo patients and Athletes' Performance clients achieve their optimal health and performance goals."

"We are honored that Mayo Clinic has selected us as a human performance partner," says Dan Burns, CEO of Athletes' Performance. "This partnership combines Athletes' Performance's integrated human performance solutions with Mayo Clinic's world-renowned medical care, research and health education to provide a comprehensive, proactive approach to health, wellness and human performance. Our work together will impact the lives of athletes, individuals committed to their proactive health, military personnel, and Mayo Clinic patients around the globe."

Beginning in 2014, Athletes' Performance's team of performance specialists will deliver human performance programs in Mayo Clinic's recently announced Sports Medicine Center expansion in Rochester, Minn. The Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center is a global leader in sports and musculoskeletal injury prevention and rehabilitation, concussion research, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, and surgical and nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries.

"Both organizations are dedicated to improving human performance and helping athletes of all types achieve their goals," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "Together, we can help members of the military and all athletes — professional, college, high school, or 'weekend warriors' — receive the training, guidance and care from leaders in integrated health care and human performance training."

Athletes' Performance is known as the premiere training organization for elite athletes and elite military operators, as well as a leader in applied research and innovation to advance human performance. Athletes' Performance offers programs and services for professional and amateur athletes, the military, and forward thinking corporations around the world.

The two organizations also plan to initiate collaborative research projects and educational campaigns around health and wellness, performance training and the prevention and treatment of concussion and other sports-related injuries.

About Athletes' Performance

Athletes' Performance, created by Mark Verstegen in 1999, is the leader of human performance, utilizing integrated performance training, nutrition, and physical therapy to support the world's elite athletes with world-class facilities in Phoenix, Ariz.; The Home Depot Center, near Los Angeles, Calif.; The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Fieldhouse USA in Frisco, Tex.; and SKLZ headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.; and offers training and nutrition services in Raleigh and Cary, NC, through a partnership with Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic. Athletes' Performance has trained many of the top champions in sport, including six number one National Football League draft picks, the German National Soccer Team, and countless champions in baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, basketball, and hockey. Athletes' Performance is partnered with world-class performance companies such as Adidas, EAS, SKLZ, Keiser, and Axon Sports to continually evolve the world of integrated athlete training. Learn more about Athletes' Performance and the success of the athletes they support.

In addition to training elite athletes, Athletes' Performance also delivers leading-edge corporate wellness solutions through Core Performance. Core Performance is the leader in proactive wellness and works with leading companies like Intel to deliver measurable results through personalized and integrated programs to help employees achieve their goals. The Core Performance brand also includes five books by Mark Verstegen, partnerships with world-class companies including Intel, LinkedIn, Sheraton, and Walgreens, and expert-driven content and customized online training programs at CorePerformance.com. Learn more about Core Performance's leading corporate wellness solutions.

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