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UW Health Offers Free Physicals for Uninsured High School Athletes

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UW Health Offers Free Physicals for Uninsured High School Athletes

SportsMadison, Wisconsin - To help student-athletes get into uniform, the Dane County Sports Medicine Council is again teaming up with UW Health Sports Medicine Center and UW School of Medicine and Public Health to offer a free athletic-physical clinic.

The clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2015, at the South Madison Health and Family Center – Harambee, located at 2202 South Park St.

Health physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapy students, residents, medical students and Spanish translators will be available to help provide athletic physicals and immunizations.

More than 85,000 Wisconsin students participate in high school athletics. But an estimated two to five percent of those in Dane County lack health insurance to pay for the required basic sports physical.

"For student-athletes who have no health insurance or very limited financial resources, this is an efficient and effective way to make sure they can stay active and do what they like to do," says Joe Greene, a UW Health athletic trainer. "It’s also an important way to make sure athletes are fully healthy before their season begins."

Greene and Dr. David Bernhardt, a UW Health pediatric and adolescent sports-medicine specialist, will once again provide medical direction for the clinic. Both are members of the Dane County Sports Medicine Council, the organization sponsoring the clinic.

Medical student volunteers are coordinated by MEDiC, a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

"This is a great collaborative effort between the hospital staff, medical students and the schools," Greene says. "The families and athletes are always very appreciative." Last year, more than 40 student-athletes in the Madison area attended the clinic.

Student-athletes should try to arrive at the following assigned times:

  • Students with last names beginning with A-H: 6 p.m.
  • I-P: 6:45 p.m.
  • Q-Z: 7:30 p.m.

Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and must be present for their child to receive immunizations. Parents also need to bring their child’s immunization record. All athletes are asked to wear shorts for the exam and female athletes are asked to wear tank tops.

Athletes who do have insurance and who need an athletic physical should not attend this clinic. Instead, they should contact their primary-care physician to schedule an appointment.

Date Published: 07/26/2011

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