Division II Women’s Soccer

Impact of ViPerform AMI™ & ACL Play It Safe on Health Care Costs 2016/17 Season


History: Women’s soccer is considered a high risk sport for lower extremity non- contact musculoskeletal injuries. For scholarshiped athlete’s, a portion of the athlete’s health care cost falls to the school’s third party administrator or TPA. Analysis of Gannon University’s 3 year prior claim information showed an average spend of ~$61,000 for women’s soccer. Further analysis of electronic medical record information for this same period of time revealed ~76% of that spend was for non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries, surgery, diagnostic testing and treatment.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to see if athletes were assessed using the ViPerform AMI and assigned to a level of the ACL Play It Safe based on their results, would this have an impact on the claim submission data and associated annual health care spend for that sport for one year.

Intervention: All women’s soccer players were assessed using the ViPerform AMI™. Based on the results of the test, each player was assigned to a level on the ACL Play It Safe program which they performed 3 days per week. Injury data and claim submission data for the season was then compared to the prior 3 years.

Results: Non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries (foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back) were reduced by 65.2% and total days on the DL for all players was reduced by 69%. 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 (year of implementation) totaled $5,319 for a total savings of $55,681.