Nov 04, 2011 - Source: IMG Academies

Extended Partnership to Include Establishment of Gatorade Sports Science Institute on IMG Academies’ Campus

Today IMG Academies, the Bradenton, Fla.-based multi-sport training and education complex, and sports nutrition giant Gatorade, announced an extension of their current relationship deeming Gatorade the ‘Official Sports Performance Nutrition Sponsor’ of all current and future IMG Academies’ facilities, IMG Academies-owned performance and training events, as well as the Combine360 measurement index and training program. As part of the new agreement, Gatorade has unveiled a permanent Gatorade Sports Science Institute on the IMG Academies campus. The facility, which opened in late July 2011, is only the second of its kind in the world.

“Gatorade has served our athletes well for many years, and we are excited to work with them in this new capacity,” said Sam Zussman, Managing Director, IMG Academies. “The combination of our 360-degree TOTAL ATHLETE™ approach to training and Gatorade’s unmatched leadership in hydration and nutrition will result in new insights and innovations that will help us achieve our shared goal of helping athletes maximize their potential.”

For more than six years, IMG-trained athletes have benefited from the cutting-edge hydration and nutrition products provided by Gatorade. With the installation of the newest Gatorade Sports Science Institute on the IMG campus, Gatorade will bring its 40-year history of nutrition and hydration scientific research out of the lab and onto the training surface.

“The opening of the GSSI Performance Laboratory at IMG Academies offers us an opportunity to make GSSI science more readily accessible to a wider breadth of athletes in more sports, across varying skill levels,” said Asker Jeukendrup, global senior director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and professor of exercise metabolism and director of the human performance lab at University of Birmingham in England.  “As the GSSI footprint grows, so does our ability to study more athletes, gain additional insights into what helps them perform better and help them understand how and why sports nutrition is a proven vital component for their training.” 

IMG Academies, home to nearly 800 full-time student-athletes, provides a controlled research environment primed for Gatorade research. Broader opportunities for research exist via IMG’s year-round multi-sport camp program and professional sport offerings, as well as its extensive training and performance assets that extend beyond the 400-acre campus.

As the Official Sports Performance Nutrition Sponsor, Gatorade will continue working with IMG nutritionists and performance specialists to develop hydration and nutrition education programs for full-time students and camp participants year-round.

Combine360, the IMG Academies-developed global measurement system for improved performance, will also benefit from the new relationship. Said Brian Griffin, President, Combine360, “We are looking forward to integrating Gatorade into our fast-growing Combine360 community of competitors, athletes, youth, and trainers. There is endless potential for creating shared nutritional content across a number of mediums, including Combine360.com.”

About the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI)
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI) was founded in 1985 to help athletes optimize their performance and safeguard their health through research and education in hydration and sports nutrition science. Headquartered in Barrington, Illinois, GSSI staff scientists study the effects of exercise, the environment and nutrition on the human body using the latest scientific technology and equipment. In addition to the GSSI's own exercise physiology, biochemistry and exercise sensory labs, GSSI also works with leading scientists from universities around the world to further research in exercise science and sports nutrition. The Institute has become a truly international organization in recent years and currently serves nearly 110,000 members in over 145 countries worldwide.

About IMG Academies
IMG Academies, a division of IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, is the world’s largest and most advanced multi-sport training and education complex dedicated to developing the TOTAL ATHLETE™.  For more than 30 years, IMG Academies has helped countless youth, adult, collegiate and professional athletes reach their full potential in sport and life, by providing expert coaching, tailored programs and world-class facilities within an energetic environment across a 400-acre campus.

Today the Bradenton, Fla.-based campus attracts 20,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries annually. The Academies consists of the IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy and adjoining IMG Academies Golf and Country Club, IMG Madden Football Academy, IMG Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse and Soccer academies – all supported by the IMG Pendleton School and IMG Performance Institute’s multi-faceted training disciplines. IMG Academies also conducts camps, clinics and events year-round, while providing support to teams and federations around the world. Find more info at www.imgacademies.com

About Combine360
Combine360, Inc.’s global measurement and training platform was developed by IMG Academies in conjunction with Under Armour. Utilizing the Combine360 evaluation, assessing athleticism, movement and character, as well as measuring progress through an open-architecture, challenge based system of combine training, the Combine360 platform creates a full 360-degree approach to athletic training. For further information, please visit their website at www.combine360.com.