Division I Women’s Soccer

Impact of ViPerform AMI™ & ACL Play It Safe on Health Care Costs 2017/18 Season


History: Women’s soccer is considered a high risk sport for lower extremity non-contact musculoskeletal injuries. Research shows that athletes that are at the highest risk of injury are those athletes with the highest number of athletic exposures. Athletes with the highest athletic exposures (those who are in practice more and games more) tend to be the better athletes. Therefore, theoretically, if we can reduce injury rates and days on the injury reserve, this should add to better players being in the game more and adding to the team’s overall seasonal performance.

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 and performed all season long, would this have an impact on injury rates.

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 5 years.

Results: Non-contact lower kinetic chain injuries (foot, ankle, knee, hip and low back) were reduced by 83.4% and total days on the IR for all players was reduced by 80%. There was zero (0) non-contact recordable injuries for the hip, knee and ankle for the first time on record. The team competed SoCon Semifinals with overall record of 13-6-2.