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Sanford Health launches SCORE assessment program

Analysis to measure athletic readiness for basketball

Sanford SCORE(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford Health launched an innovative sports assessment today designed to improve the safety and performance of basketball players. Sanford SCORE is based on the sports science philosophy that proper functional movement (the way an athlete performs athletic movements) and improved athletic fitness will reduce the likelihood of injury and pave the way for improved performance.  

Developed by researchers at the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance (NIAHP) at Sanford Health, Sanford SCORE measures basketball-specific athletic readiness and delivers the result in one single number.

“Sanford SCORE is evidenced-based and clinically derived, making it the most credible basketball-specific athletic assessment available,” said Thayne Munce, PhD, associate director of the NIAHP.  “To create SCORE, we led a large number of basketball players through the basketball assessment drills. Results were compiled to calibrate a proprietary SCORE formula that assigns a single number that accurately describes an individual’s athletic readiness. The sports science research also enabled us to amass normative data that allows anyone completing a SCORE assessment to compare their results to other players.”

Sanford SCORE is available in three levels: Sanford SCORE, SCORE Pro and SCORE Elite. Sanford SCORE is the flagship of the assessments and serves as the basis for basketball training programs at Sanford POWER centers. Athletes can also perform a number of basketball-specific drills on a basketball court, input their results on and receive their SCORE to compare with other players and recommendations for improving their fitness.

“SCORE gives athletes and coaches a single number to work with, grounded in science, that can accurately measure athletic readiness,” said Munce. “We can then work with the athlete to improve functional movement and set the stage for a lifetime of safer and improved sports performance.”

Sanford SCORE is a service of Sanford Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the largest orthopedics and sports medicine group in the region. SCORE’s commitment to athletes is an integral part of a continuum of care delivered by Sanford orthopedics and sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, exercise specialists and researchers to provide state-of-the-art assessment, preventive care, treatment, rehabilitation and return-to-play services for athletes of all ages and abilities.

SCORE’s commitment to athletic health is part of Sanford Health’s overall commitment to improving the human condition through exceptional care, innovation and discovery.  To learn more about SCORE, visit

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a health care organization in America, and then a $100 million gift in 2010. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit




Tim Gerszewski
Sanford Media Strategist – Sioux Falls Region
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