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Banner Health’s Sports Partners

The demands athletes place on their bodies can be extreme. When they push themselves to succeed at the highest levels of their sport, the wear and tear on muscles, ligaments, and joints, is more pronounced. Effective care that quickly identifies an issue, repairs damage, and develops a rehabilitation program that quickly returns that athlete to the field or court is essential.

It’s why professional and high-level amateur athletes rely on Banner Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for their health care needs.

Our world class doctors, care givers, and facilities provide athletes the support they need to excel. Whether it’s designing health and wellness programs to prepare athletes for the rigors of a season, or working to overcome the challenge of an injury, the Banner Sports Medicine and Orthopedics team offers unequaled service and support. 

The good news for weekend warriors: you don’t have to play for a professional or collegiate team to have access to the best sports medicine physicians and facilities. Find a Banner Health Sports Medicine and Orthopedics care provider near you in Phoenix, Tucson or Northern Colorado

Phoenix Suns

Banner Health is the official sports medicine and orthopedic provider to the Phoenix Suns basketball team. Our team of physicians, led by Evan Lederman, MD and Steven Erickson, MD, help ensure Suns players are prepared to take on the rigors of a demanding 82 game season. 

Phoenix Mercury 

Leah Brown, MD is the orthopedic surgeon and Amy Overlin, MD is the non-operative sports medicine physician for the Phoenix Mercury. They work to ensure the players are primed and ready to compete for the franchise’s 4th WNBA championship.

Arizona Diamondbacks 

The Diamondbacks play a rigorous 162-game schedule producing a unique impact on an athlete’s body. Accounting for these issues and developing innovative therapies that return players from the bench to the field, are essential to providing care. Physicians Rodger McCoy, MD and Steven Erickson, MD help keep the Diamondbacks at the top of their game.

University of Arizona Wildcats 

The University of Arizona athletic department has 17 intercollegiate sports competing in the Big 12 conference. From the gridiron and basketball court, to the pool and golf links, Banner – University Medicine provides Wildcat athletes with care that ranges from sports psychology to emergency medical services. Abigail Hamilton, MD, Anna Waterbrook, MD and Greg DeSilva, MD lead the team of medical experts keeping the UA Wildcats healthy and ready to perform in their sport. 

University of Northern Colorado Bears

Located in Greeley, CO, the University of Northern Colorado Bears compete in 15 sports in both the Western Athletic Conference and the Big Sky Conference. Banner Health’s team of experts including physicians and athletic trainers provide complete care for all University of Northern Colorado student athletes and their mascot, KlawzSteven Sides, MD and Neal McKimpson, DO lead the team of medical experts supporting athletes at University of Northern Colorado.

Arizona Interscholastic Association

Banner Health knows that developing a habit of physical activity at an early age is essential to creating a long-term healthy lifestyle. That's why Banner Sports Medicine supports the AIA, Arizona's largest high school sports governing body. Providing support for 16 different sports, and dedicated to providing playing opportunities for all Arizona's students, the AIA plays a vital role in promoting healthy competition across the Grand Canyon State.

Phoenix Rising FC Youth

Phoenix Rising FC Youth is the largest youth soccer organization in Arizona, providing recreational and competitive playing opportunities for Phoenix area athletes of all ages. In 2023, PRFC Youth began training their athletes at the Banner Sports Medicine High Performance Center, which provides access to world class facilities for sport-specific training and development.

Ironman

Combining a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run, Ironman races present athletes with the ultimate physical challenge. Banner physicians, some of whom are triathletes themselves, provide medical advice and onsite care to triathlon competitors to ensure they can endure and excel.