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Methodist sponsors sports physicals for ages 12 and older

Houston, TX - 5/4/2010

The Methodist Hospital System is sponsoring a one-stop shop for youth sports physicals at Reliant Center on Saturday, May 22.

"All student athletes are required to have a sports physical before they set foot on the field of play," said Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon with The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and medical director of the event. "This is a great way to be seen by doctors and trainers who have years of experience in performing physicals."

The athletes will not only receive a physical, but if a problem is detected, they will be evaluated by a specialist on site.

"For example, if a heart murmur or something similar is detected, the child will be seen by a cardiologist on site for a consultation and, if necessary, further tests, such as an echocardiogram, will be performed on site." Lintner said. "If further problems are found, we will refer them to another specialist near their homes to determine the appropriate course of treatment. An expert in concussion management will also be present to evaluate any athlete with a significant history of concussions."

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at Reliant Center, One Reliant Plaza, next to Reliant Stadium. Physicals are $15. All students must have  University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation forms filled out to receive a physical. The physicals are only available for student athletes.

For more information, call the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine hotline at 713-441-8440 or feel free to send an e-mail to AthleticTrainingServ@tmhs.org.

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