Team traveling to Armenia will assist in the development of the country’s first sports-medicine organization.

Akron, Ohio – March 29, 2012 – Through a donation of Thera-Band® professional resistance exercise products, Performance Health is supporting Athlete’s in Action (AIA) Sports Performance’s 2012 mission trips to Armenia, Guatemala, Mexico and South Africa. The donated Thera-Band products will be used as educational and training tools at AIA’s international sports medicine clinics. 

Athlete’s in Action is an international sports ministry with more than 500 staff members in 60 countries and a ministry presence in 90 countries. In the U.S., through its work with 35 professional teams and staff on almost 200 colleges campuses, AIA focuses on ministering to athletes, coaches and support staff.

AIA’s international staff members work to impact their county through the platform of sport. Each year, AIA sends mission teams around the world to conduct 35 domestic and international tours, camps and projects. AIA’s Sports Performance Department organizes clinical education teams of physicians, athletic trainers, strength coaches and other experts in the field of sports medicine and strength and conditioning.

“We are very grateful to Performance Health for their generous product donation,” stated Paul Newman, ATC, director of AIA Sports Performance. “These professional products enable us to provide the best educational tools available at our clinics, and allow us to enhance the knowledge of international colleagues in the area of sports medicine.”

Upcoming AIA Sports Performance clinics:

• Yerevan, Armenia; In-country dates: May 16 to May 21; Tour Director: Paul Newman, ATC

• Guatemala City, Guatemala; In-country dates: May 25 to May 29; Tour Director: Lisa Martin, MEd, ATC

• Puebla, Mexico; In-country dates: May 30 to June 4; Tour Director: Vance Pickard, Ph.D., ATC

• Cape Town, South Africa; In-country dates: July 23 to July 28; Tour Director: Jim Rumelhart, ATC

“Like music and art, sports is a universal language with the power to positively impact a culture. Sports can break down political, racial and economic barriers and restore national pride,” continued Newman. “Because sports can speak a language that children around the world understand, we can rebuild youth sports programs that strenghten ethics and values for the individual, positively impacting society overall. As a ministry, we not only meet the physical needs of individuals, we have the opporutnity to meet their spiritual needs too.”

“We are very pleased to be able to support AIA’s international initiatives with our products,” added Phil Page, Ph.D., P.T., ATC, FACSM, director of Thera-Band Academy. “We’ve been supporting AIA for several years in their efforts to provide athletic training services to support safe sports around the world.”

About Athletes in Action

Athletes in Action is a global pioneer, innovator and servant leader in sport ministry. AIA exists to change lives by building spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sport. The vision of AIA Sports Performance is to minister to professionals and students in the disciplines of sports medicine and strength and conditioning, build them up in their faith, and give them the opportunity to experience missions in their field of expertise. As of 2011, AIA Sports Performance’s ministry has impacted 24 countries on five continents. For more information visit

About Performance Health

Featuring leading brands like Thera-Band®, Biofreeze® and the new Pedigenix™ Foot Care System, Performance Health offers a broad portfolio of products for the therapy, rehabilitation, wellness, massage, podiatric and performance markets. In addition to market-leading products, Performance Health provides practice building support, evidence-based protocols, clinical and product education, turn-key dispensing and pain-management solutions.