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Let’s Get Free School Sports Screening Exams

Posted 4/25/2017 by UHBlog

Make sure your student-athlete is cleared to play junior high or high school sports. See us for his or her preparticipation sports physical.

Let's Get Free School Sports Screening Exams

Even though your student-athlete may look like the epitome of good health, why take a chance? A pre-participation sports physical screens for health conditions that could impact his or her health and athletic performance.

This year, University Hospitals Sports Medicine is offering a free sports screening event on Friday, June 9 to ensure your child is in tiptop condition. The sports screening meets the requirement for the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) pre-participation annual exam. Preregistration is required for this free event.

Preregister for the following locations using these links:

Check-in times are from 3 to 8 p.m. in Beachwood, Geauga, and Westlake. Check-in times are from 1 to 5 p.m. in Sheffield Village.

“We still encourage all athletes to see their pediatrician or family doctor for an annual wellness exam to ensure things like immunizations and follow-up for conditions such as asthma are appropriately managed,” says sports medicine specialist James Voos, MD, who is head team physician for the Cleveland Browns.

“The sports screening event was developed to provide access to athletes who may not have an established primary care doctor to evaluate them for any orthopedic and/or potentially life-threatening conditions," Dr. Voos says. "The UH screening event will also provide parents with resources to connect with a primary care physician in their region.”

Student-athletes who participate in the free screening will be examined by well-established local physicians of varying specialties. Additionally, physical therapists and athletic trainers will be on hand to provide functional movement assessments and check for flexibility and muscle imbalances that could predispose them to injury.

According to Dr. Voos, the UH sports screening event includes:

  • Orthopedic functional movement screen
  • Review of medical and family history
  • Cardiac risk screen
  • Heart and lung evaluation
  • Educational materials on concussion and nutrition

“This is a great way for your child to get to know their UH sports medicine providers, many of whom will be working with these student-athletes at their high school sporting events,” he says.

Last year, approximately 900 kids took advantage of UH's free pre-participation sports exam at UH Sheffield Health Center alone.

In addition to preregistering, your child also needs to go to your school's website and download the 2017 – 2018 Ohio High School Athletic Association Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Consent form. The form should be completed and signed by a parent or guardian prior to the scheduled exam. OHSAA forms will also be available at the event. Your child must bring any relevant medical records to the exam. Space is limited, so be sure to register your child early.

James Voos, MD is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine director at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and head team physician for the Cleveland Browns. You can request an appointment with Dr. Voos or any of the pediatric sports medicine experts online.

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