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Sports Physicals

Houston, TX - 5/20/2013

One-stop shop for student athletes at Reliant Center on June 1

The Methodist Hospital System and the Houston Texans are offering a one-stop shop for youth extracurricular pre-participation physicals on June 1 at Reliant Center next to Reliant Stadium.

“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, athletic trainers and other providers who have years of experience in performing physicals.”

The students 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.”

Lintner adds internal medicine and orthopedic specialists will also be on hand to evaluate athletes.

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1 at Reliant Center.  Free parking is available in the Orange Lot with a voucher and all participants should enter through Gate 3. Physicals are $15 and cash only. All students must have University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation forms filled out to receive a physical. You can download the medical history and consent forms and the parking voucher at www.methodistsportsmed.com  or call 713-790-3333. Physicals are only available for students 12 to 18 years of age.

You can also download a $5 off coupon on The Methodist Hospital System Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/methodisthospital.