In order to participate in high school team athletics, students are required to have a physical in their Freshman year and again in their Junior year. Please note, if you had a physical done during your sophomore year, students are still required to have one in their Junior year in order to be eligible for sports. To help ensure that our student athletes are ready for summer sports, camps and school athletics, Portneuf Sports Medicine Institute and a host of board-certified physicians from Portneuf Medical Center have coordinated with School District #25 to host FREE sports physicals on May 13 for young women and May 14 for young men.
All sports physicals will be done at Century High School starting at 6pm. All interested participants need to know that the cut off time for physicals will be 7pm and no one will be admitted after 7pm. Please enter through the doors on the South side of Century High School. Additionally, parent signatures are required on the form before we can conduct a physical on a minor. Forms are available in the office at your school and, of course, we will have forms on hand at Century High School during the free clinic. We ask that young men wear loose cotton shirts and shorts and young women wear sports bras with loose cotton shirts and loose cotton shorts.
This year, Portneuf Medical Center’s sports medicine team of physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers will also be incorporating baseline concussion testing as part of the free physical exams. We have teamed up with Idaho State University’s Center for Sports Concussion, and our concussion education and management program is the most comprehensive and advanced program in the entire Intermountain West region. Starting in 2014, we will be utilizing new, state-of-the-art technology. In fact, those affiliated with the Portneuf Sports Medicine Institute will be the only providers in the entire state to offer such advanced technology to both high school and college athletes. With the help of this new technology, we will be able to understand each athlete’s injury more clearly and also develop a more appropriate strategy to expedite recovery following concussion. This includes developing strategies to help the athletes physically, psychologically, and cognitively, including in the classroom. Further, the tests will help us to accurately determine each athlete’s readiness to return to physical activity following concussion.
These are exciting times for local student athletes. Portneuf Sports Medicine Institute continues to provide a very comprehensive program for athletics that includes the full spectrum of injury prevention, physicals, care and rehabilitation for student athletes. The hallmark of the Sports Medicine Institute and the team of medical professionals is their unwavering commitment to prevent and protect athletes before, during and after play. Thanks to the support and financial backing of Portneuf Medical Center, we care for your family and your student athlete both on and off the field.
From wellness to nutritional counseling to state of the art surgery and sports rehabilitation, Portneuf Sports Medicine and Pocatello Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are renowned for their ability to keep high school athletes, weekend warriors and sports professionals at their very peak of performance. Whatever your passion, sport or activity, we are here to prepare you for and keep you in the game.
On or off the field, you can count on us to care for your family. For more information about orthopedic injuries and prevention visit Pocatello Orthopeadics; to schedule a consult or to reach our office, call 208-233-2100.