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Safety of young athletes is focus of MLS Red Bulls' partnership with New York Metropolitan-based SportsCare Institute


Emphasis on training, physical therapy, clinics

HARRISON, NJ (July 29, 2014) -- Emphasizing the safety of young athletes, the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer has established a multi-tiered partnership agreement with New York Metropolitan-based SportsCare Institute.


Effective immediately, SportsCare -- along with its network of physical therapy and sports medicine centers that encompass 56 state-of-the-art facilities throughout New Jersey, New York, and Florida -- serves as the official physical therapy and athletic training partner to both the New York Red Bulls Academy and the New York Red Bulls Training Program. Both the academy and training program focus on developing the finest youth soccer talent in the Greater New York area.

“The New York Red Bulls family is excited to partner with a local organization like SportsCare Institute”, said Red Bulls director of commercial operations Marc de Grandpre. “SportsCare will provide our youth development programs and academy with terrific care, helping us continue developing great talent in the New Jersey area.”

In addition, SportsCare will have certified athletic trainers and physical therapists on-site at multiple Red Bulls youth clinics as well as on the BULLevard before home matches to assess injuries and offer free injury prevention screenings.

"SportsCare's network of physical therapy professionals are excited to work with another world-class sports franchise," says Ron Lombardi, president of SportsCare, which also serves as the official provider of physical therapy to the National Basketball Association's Brooklyn Nets. "Given the excitement generated by the World Cup, we're more bullish than ever on youth soccer's future in the U.S.  And, with our commitment to keeping young athletes safe -- including a focus on establishing baseline assessments for those recovering from concussions -- I'm confident our program with the Red Bulls can become a nationwide model for health maintenance and protection."  

The agreement also makes SportsCare the exclusive physical therapy marketing partner of the Red Bulls, which provides a significant presence and visibility in and around Red Bull Arena during home matches.

About the New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls are one of 19 teams that comprise the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States – Major League Soccer. On the field, the team is led by New York-native and 2013 MLS Coach of the Year finalist Mike Petke, World Cup, European Championship and UEFA Champions League winner Thierry Henry and Australian World Cup star Tim Cahill. The Red Bulls won the MLS Supporters Shield – given to the team with most regular season points – for the first time in 2013.

                In March 2010, the Red Bulls moved into their new home, Red Bull Arena, a 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in Harrison, NJ, known as the top venue of its kind in the country. New York has qualified for the MLS Cup playoffs for four straight seasons and 10 of the past 11 years.  The New York Red Bulls are owned by Red Bull GmbH, the world’s No. 1 energy drink maker.  Red Bull GmbH purchased the MLS club in March 2006. For more information, log onto www.newyorkredbulls.com or call 1.877.RBSOCCER.

 

About SportsCare Institute, Inc.

SportsCare Institute, Inc. manages a network of physical and occupational therapy centers. The company's goal is providing the highest quality of care available, with an emphasis on preventing injury, treating pain, and recovering function.  Each of SportsCare's more than 50 facilities offer the latest technology in rehabilitation, and is equipped with state-of-the art modalities, testing and exercise equipment, and more. Additional information is available online, at http://www.sportscare1.com.

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