Free assessments benefit student athletes

September 5, 2012

Topic: orthopaedics

Free assessments benefit student athletes

The Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is currently offering free injury evaluations, which will be performed by a physician from the establishment who specializes in orthopaedics. The "Student-Athlete Injury Clinic" started on Aug. 25 and will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. until Nov. 10.

This service allows student athletes, who are at least 5 years old, the chance to seek initial assessments from professionals and, if need be, receive recommendations for further treatment. If the physician or clinical trainer on staff detects an injury, the patient can choose to have diagnostic tests performed to get an official diagnosis.

If an injury is assumed through the free injury evaluation, athletes will need to have insurance documentation for possible diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, to further diagnose their condition. Athletes under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or have a waiver - found online - signed by a parent. 

The Andrews Institute offers a variety of sports medicine services all year long for student athletes. They have certified athletic trainers located at several high schools in Florida and Alabama, who evaluate students during the school day and attend to injuries at practices and home games.

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