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D-Backs Nike RBI Youth Baseball Team trains for World Series at new Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale

Players measured on pitching and hitting, utilizing advanced technology

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Aug. 18, 2023) – Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale recently hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks Nike RBI (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities) All-Star team for three days in preparation for the Nike RBI World Series.

The team, which is comprised of student-athletes from underserved communities in Phoenix, had the opportunity train like the professionals in the Banner Sports Medicine High Performance Center. The one-of-a-kind sports analytics and training complex includes the latest in sports science and biomechanics technology including force plate, Kinetrax 3D markerless motion capture camera systems and Rapsodo, which allows coaches and players to look at key batting and pitching metrics such as pitching and hitting mechanics, exit velocities, launch angles, spin rates and spin efficiency.

“We made sure these players had everything they could possibly need to maximize their performance before the big tournament,” said Tyler Wallace, director of Business Operations at the Banner Sports Medicine High Performance Center. “We not only offered them the insight on key analytics, but we went through injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and arm-care training as well as recovery and regen strategies to help them be ready for their tournament and teach them how to optimize performance during their careers and throughout their lives beyond baseball. These players are a great group and incredibly talented, and it was an honor to be able to support them. We are confident our time together can make an impact at the World Series and beyond.”

The Banner Sports Medicine High Performance Center opened in May, offering the full spectrum of high-level athletic assessment, training and care. That includes research-grade technology and equipment for evaluation, sports medicine and injury prevention, thorough training and skill development, recovery, regeneration and sports nutrition and mental performance.

The D-backs Nike RBI baseball team is a free program giving youth in disadvantaged communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball at an elite level. The team is only in its second year and funded by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The Nike RBI World Series began in Florida on July 31. Check out how the the team performed.

Banner Health is a proud sports partner of the Arizona Diamondback who rely on Banner Sports Medicine for their health care needs, including health and wellness programs.

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 hospitals, Banner also has an academic division, Banner – University Medicine, and a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, Banner 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 Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. 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



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