Published by Banner Health
SCOTTSDALE (July 24, 2023) - Sway Medical, Inc., a leading provider of mobile balance and cognitive testing and Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the country, have announced a partnership to provide baseline testing for every high school athlete in Arizona. This partnership will ensure that every high school athletic trainer has access to state-of-the-art software to help provide the best care possible for their athletes.
Concussions are a serious concern for student-athletes, and the prevalence of these injuries has increased in recent years. The CDC estimates that there are approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year. Testing before the season can help establish a pre-injury cognitive and balance function baseline for an individual athlete, making it easier to detect changes in the athlete following suspected head injury.
Banner Health will be providing Sway Medical's technology to every high school in Arizona, making baseline testing available to all student-athletes in the state. The partnership is part of Banner Health's commitment to providing exceptional care to the communities it serves.
"Banner Health has always been at the forefront of sports medicine and technology," said Steve Erickson, MD, director of Banner Health Sports Medicine. "This partnership truly cements the legacy Banner Health and the team members that are a part of this organization have created around concussion management and sports performance.”
The partnership is the first state-wide deployment of Sway Medical’s revolutionary software that has taken the athletic training world by storm. Sway’s customer base has grown by 500% since 2019 and has become the standard for baseline testing athletes. "Sway is thrilled to partner with Banner Health to bring our software to the dedicated athletic trainers in the state of Arizona. This partnership is a testament to our shared commitment to using technology to improve healthcare outcomes,” said Chase Curtiss, CEO and Founder of Sway Medical.
This is an offering made possible through the Lentsch Family Concussion Clinic at Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale.
The baseline testing program will be available to every high school in Arizona starting this summer. For more information about Sway Medical, Inc. and Banner Health, please visit their websites at www.swaymedical.com and www.bannerhealth.com/sportsmedicine. High School athletics programs in the state of Arizona can request a free Sway system by visiting swaymedical.com/banner.
Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also operates an academic medicine division, Banner – University Medicine, and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits and patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com.