October 3rd, 2012

Don’t Rush Medical Care for Student Athletes

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Some cash-strapped parents see group sports physicals or quick exams at walk-in clinics as a convenient and inexpensive way for students to meet health exam requirements before entering a new school or athletics…Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., provides station-based sports physicals by nurses, orthopedists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and cardiologists. "A station-based approach to the sports pre-participation examination enables a larger number of athletes to receive evaluations in a time-efficient manner," said Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "It also enables specialists who staff each station to evaluate their area of expertise in a more focused fashion."

 

Chicago Tribune by Janice Neumann

Tags: athletes, Chicago Tribune, Dr. Edward Laskowski, Mayo Clinic Rochester, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, Sports Medicine, sports physicals

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