More than 100 Bitterroot Valley middle and high school athletes had their sports physicals at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital on Thursday.
Hamilton resident Randi Lint, a parent of two students and coach of the boys’ soccer team at Hamilton High School, said the physicals are critical, especially with the smoke from area fires.
“Every year we have several kids with asthma, and as coaches we need to know that,” he said. “It is tasked on us to treat those kids carefully - make sure they have their inhalers and practice inside if we need to.”
Lint said the MDMH sports physicals were efficient.
“They get a whole lot of kids processed quickly,” he said. “I appreciate the generosity of local physicians and practitioners. As a coach, we know that kids cannot practice without having a physical.”
The final count for the efficient heath evaluation session was 63 boys and 48 girls for a total of 111 athletes. The examinations included height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and vision, with evaluations for posture, joints, strength, flexibility, heart, lungs, abdomen, ears, nose, and throat.
Athletes pay $25 for the exams, and the hospital returns 100 percent of the money to athletic programs across the valley. In 10 years of the Sports Physical Program, Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital and medical providers raised $85,000.
Pete Dunn, center director of the rehabilitation facility, said the providers donate their time because “the athletes are ours,” he said.
“We all live here in this community,” Dunn said. “We work with these athletes, it is fun to give back to the community, and see the kids before they participate in their sports.”
Sports physicals are mandatory to participate in school sports. Lint said practices start at Hamilton High School Aug. 11.
“It’s coming up soon,” he said.
The next session for physicals at MDMH is Wednesday, Aug. 9.
Zach Jessop, a senior at Corvallis who plays football, basketball and track, said the sports physicals are freeing.
“I know can try my hardest and my body won’t fail,” he said. “It gives me the comfort of knowing I passed my physicals. I don’t’ have to go into sports worrying if I can play – my coaches can’t hold me out of a sport because I haven’t had my physical.”
Stephanie Jessop, Zach’s mom, said she brought her son to the sports physicals for her own assurance.
“The big reason is to be sure he is in good health and for safety,” she said.
Correy Shanahan, a family nurse practitioner, was on her second full-day on the job as part of the team at Corvallis Family Medicine. She has given sports physicals and done well-child visits.
“The goal of sports physicals is to make sure kids are physically fit and able to do the sport safely, but also to catch anything that might cause injuries while they are doing the sport,” Shanahan said. “We want to catch anything that could become a problem and prevent problems from occurring.”
Corvallis sisters Ella and Kendra Hendrickson said the sport physical program is good.
“It’s fast and easy,” Kendra Hendrickson said. “Everyone is super-friendly, it is cheap, the timing is perfect, and it’s organized.”
Ella plans to play volleyball and basketball while Kendra's sports are volleyball and track.
Providers donating their time and medical expertise on Thursday were Shanahan; Allisun Jensen, FNP; Rebecca Conroy, FNP; Emily Denney, DO; Kathi Harder-Brouwer, MD; Lawrence D. Brouwer, MD; Allen “Woody” Jones, MD; and Timothy Woods, MD.
Providers donating their time and medical expertise on Aug. 9 will be April Weinberger, MD; Katie Herczeg, FNP; Correy Shanahan, FNP; Emily Denney, DO; Mandi Griffin, MD; H. Brett Heath, MD; Shaun Lalonde, PA-C; Fred Ilgenfritz, MD; and Michael Dolecki, MD.
For more information, call 406-363-2211 or online, www.mdmh.org.
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