Encore Medical Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2006 Earnings Conference Call And Webcast

Published: Oct 13, 2006

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Encore Medical Corporation announced today that the Company will release third quarter 2006 financial results prior to the opening of trading on Thursday, October 26, 2006. The Company will then host a conference call beginning at 10 am Eastern Time to discuss the results of operations and recent business developments.

A live webcast of the conference can be accessed from Encore's website http://www.encoremed.com . If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, an audio archive will be available shortly after the call and will be accessible from Encore's website for approximately 30 days. A telephonic replay of the conference call will also be available for one week after the call by dialing (domestic) (800) 642-1687 or (international) (706) 645-9291 and requesting conference ID #8726127.

Encore Medical Corporation is a diversified orthopedic device company that develops, manufactures and distributes a comprehensive range of high quality orthopedic devices used by orthopedic surgeons, physicians, therapists, athletic trainers and other healthcare professionals to treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions resulting from degenerative diseases, deformities, traumatic events and sports-related injuries. Through its Orthopedic Rehabilitation Division, Encore is a leading distributor of electrical stimulation and other orthopedic products used for pain management, orthopedic rehabilitation, physical therapy, fitness and sport performance enhancement. Encore's Surgical Implant Division offers a comprehensive suite of reconstructive joint products and spinal implants.

Contact: William W. Burke, Executive Vice President - Chief Financial Officer (512) 832-9500 Bill_Burke@encoremed.com Media: Davis Henley, Vice President - Business Development (512) 832-9500 Davis_Henley@encoremed.com Important Information

In connection with the proposed merger among Grand Slam Holdings, LLC, Grand Slam Acquisition Corp., which are affiliates of Blackstone Capital Partners V L.P., and Encore, pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of June 30, 2006, Encore filed its definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 3, 2006. THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION, AND ENCORE URGES YOU TO READ THESE DOCUMENTS. In addition to receiving the proxy statement from Encore by mail, stockholders may obtain the proxy statement, as well as other filings containing information about Encore, without charge, from the Securities and Exchange Commission's website (http://www.sec.gov) or, without charge, from Encore at www.encoremed.com. This announcement is neither a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Encore.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed are forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, such as quarterly fluctuations in operating results, the timely availability of new products, the impacts of competitive products and pricing, the ability to grow the distribution networks for Encore's products, the ability to continue to obtain long-term financing, and the ability to locate and integrate past and future acquisitions. Risks and uncertainties related to Encore's acquisition by Blackstone Capital Partners include Encore not being able to complete the proposed transaction, conditions in the financing commitments that could impact the ability to obtain long-term financing, failure to obtain acceptances to its proposed debt tender offer, and stockholder or other regulatory approvals or to satisfy other closing conditions, the possibility of the occurrence of an event that could constitute a Company Material Adverse Effect as defined in the merger agreement. Additionally, the Company is subject to other risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements made herein.

Encore and certain of its affiliates may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction. A description of the interests of certain of Encore's directors and executive officers in Encore is set forth in Encore's annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005. Additional information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies in connection with the proposed transaction, and a description of their interests in the proposed transaction, as well as the interests of Encore's executive officers and directors, are set forth in Encore's proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting filed with the SEC on April 12, 2006, and in the definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on October 3, 2006.

Encore Medical Corporation

CONTACT: William W. Burke, Executive Vice President - Chief FinancialOfficer, +1-512-832-9500, Bill_Burke@encoremed.com, or Media: Davis Henley,Vice President - Business Development, +1-512-832-9500,Davis_Henley@encoremed.com, both of Encore Medical Corporation

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