Northwestern teams with the Swarm

March 19, 2015

University supports health, performance of pro lacrosse team

Northwestern Health Sciences University has been named the Official Integrative Sports Care Provider of the Minnesota Swarm, the professional lacrosse team based in the Twin Cities.

The partnership involves Northwestern health professionals—including doctors of chiropractic, massage therapists, acupuncturists and others—working directly with Swarm players to protect them from injuries and to ensure that they perform at their highest levels.

Northwestern professionals work with players at practices and are present in the training room and on the sideline at all home games in Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to address player needs.

“We believe in a holistic approach to fitness and injury prevention that leads to long-term health and performance at the highest level,” said Tim Stark, a sports chiropractic doctor and director of the Human Performance Center at Northwestern. “The Swarm also believes in this approach. We’re proud to be their partners.”

Stark directs the team of health professionals who work with Swarm players. In addition to offering education and treatment to enhance fitness and prevent injuries, the Northwestern team helps rehabilitating players heal so they can get back on the field and stay healthy.

“Our team depends on our players being in the best health to perform at their highest levels,” said Matt Ritzer, director of business operations for the Swarm. “We couldn’t ask for a better partner to ensure this than Northwestern Health Sciences University.”

The partnership is one of several that Northwestern’s Human Performance Center has developed with local teams, from professionals to high school squads, to ensure player health and improve outcomes. Northwestern also works with the Minnesota Vixen, the women’s tackle football team based in the Twin Cities.

Northwestern and the Swarm will celebrate their partnership with Northwestern Health Sciences University Day when the Swarm plays the Buffalo Bandits at 7 p.m. April 11 on Ho-Chunk Nation Field at Xcel Energy Center.

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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