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Sanford Health to help develop future Olympians

Sanford Sports Science Institute collaborates with National Scholastic Athletic Foundation

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sanford Sports Science Institute has collaborated with the National Scholastic Athletic Foundation to become the non-profit organization’s exclusive national sports medicine research partner.

The National Scholastic Athletic Foundation is one of the driving forces behind grassroots track and field and cross country in the United States. The NSAF promotes and develops American high school, youth- and junior-age track and field athletes at the highest level with the goal of identifying and developing future Olympians. One of the ongoing goals of the NSAF is to foster future Olympic and world championship medalists through Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump.

Through this five-year collaboration, Sanford Health will conduct research in conjunction with the NSAF to help with the development of future Olympic hopefuls and improve the health, safety and performance of all NSAF athletes.

The Sanford Sports Science Institute staff will attend all major NSAF events, starting with the New Balance National Outdoors June 16-18 in Greensboro, North Carolina, where more than 5,000 athletes will participate.

Sanford Health will have the opportunity to host NSAF Performance Clinics. The first clinic will be August 10-13 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls, including both Project Javelin and Triple Jump athletes. Premier athletes and coaches from across the country will attend. Local athletes and coaches will have an opportunity to participate in these events.


About Sanford Sports Science Institute
The Sanford Sports Science Institute is part of Sanford Health and is affiliated with Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Sanford Research. It has staff and facilities in Sioux Falls and Fargo. The experts at the SSSI conduct innovative Exercise Physiology, Concussion, Nutrition, and Biomechanics research. The SSSI also offers a variety of cutting-edge athlete services using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that are unmatched in the region. These services include detailed physiological evaluations in a controlled environmental chamber; comprehensive gait analysis; golf swing analysis; fitness testing; sport nutrition testing and consults and on-field assessments. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org/sportsscience.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.


Paul Heinert

Sanford Health Media Relations

605- 366-2432 / paul.heinert@sanfordhealth.org


Steve Underwood

NSAF Media and Public Relations

517-348-9761 / steve.underwood@nationalscholastic.org