Gannon University Case Study

Proactive injury screening reduces healthcare costs

Using ViPerform analytics, Gannon University’s women’s soccer team was able to significantly reduce injury rates and bring down healthcare costs.

Background

Women’s soccer is a high-risk sport for lower extremity non-contact musculoskeletal injuries. For athletes with scholarships, a substantial portion of the athlete’s healthcare costs have to be covered by the school’s third-party administrator. An analysis of Gannon University’s previous 3-year claim information showed an average cost of about $61,000 for the women’s soccer program. Further analysis of electronic medical record information for that same time period revealed that about 76 percent of the costs were for non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries, surgeries, diagnostic testing, and treatment.

Research Goals

The purpose of this study was to determine if assessing athletes using the ViPerform AMI™ and assigning them to a level of the ACL Play It Safe based on their results would have an impact on Gannon University’s claim submission data and reduce annual health care spending for the year.

$55,681 over one year

That’s how much Gannon University’s women’s soccer program saved after implementing an injury prevention program.

Execution

All women’s soccer players were assessed using the ViPerform AMI™ to provide physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians with objective data in real-time to evaluate deficiencies in functional movements that place athletes at an increased risk of injury. Based on the results of the test, each player was assigned to Level I, II or III of the ACL Play It Safe Program. The athletes performed the mandated exercises three days a week during the season. During the season, injury rates, time-loss from participation, and medical costs were recorded. Injury data and claim submission data for the season were then compared to the previous three years.

Results

Gannon University’s women’s soccer team experienced the following benefits:

  1. Non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries (foot, ankle, knee, hip, and low back) were reduced by 65.2%.
  2. Total days on injured reserve for all players was reduced by 69%.
  3. The prior three years of claim data averaged $61,000 per year. This included all lower kinetic chain injuries, surgery, diagnostic testing, and treatment. Claim data for the 2016-17 season (the year of implementation) totaled $5,319 for a total savings of $55,681.

The EliteX Factor

With this case study in mind, we’ve tailored fully-scalable, experiential screening solutions for teams of all sizes at all levels. EliteX 360 has taken a process that traditionally took weeks or months and streamlined it, so we can screen your entire organization over a matter of hours. The process still provides the same in-depth, objective analytics along with a customized, actionable reporting and physical therapy consultation process. That way, you and your team can start experiencing some of the same benefits that Gannon University’s soccer team achieved. To learn more about our process, click here.

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