RUMC provided nearly 50 free pre-season physicals to student-athletes from across New York City
On Saturday, August 12, Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC) provided nearly 50 free pre-season physicals to New York City student-athletes at the hospital’s Immediate Care/Primary Care/Walk-in Center, located inside the Dr. Krishne Urs Medical Pavilion at 1161 Victory Blvd. The physical exams were provided by a team of RUMC physicians, and nurse practitioners, led by board certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, Mark Sherman, MD.
“Historically a lot of students who play sports don’t get a full physical,” Dr. Sherman said. “The concept of a pre-season physical is to avoid a quick sign off on an athlete’s health. Our medical and orthopedic team conducted very thorough health background checks and physical exams. Our goal is to send these athletes into their sports a little safer.”
The evaluations included a comprehensive physical exam to minimize the risks associated with sports participation. The exams included a check of each athlete’s vision, cardiovascular fitness and muscle reflexes, among other tests. Students who received physicals not only came from different schools, but participate in a variety of different sports.
“We are proud to prepare our student-athletes for their upcoming seasons,” President and Chief Executive Officer, Daniel J. Messina, PhD, FACHE said. “A sports physical now ensures they start their season off healthy and ready to represent their school on the field. We often hear about student-athletes that encounter health issues during practice and during their season, sometimes with tragic results. Having them undergo a comprehensive, through exam such as those provided by our RUMC team can give parents and coaches peace of mind and if something is diagnosed, have it addressed immediately.”
The evaluations were open to student athletes from private and public high schools. With the accompaniment of a parent or guardian and a completed medical form, students were able to take advantage of the opportunity and obtain their necessary pre-season physicals. Students from every borough, except the Bronx, showed up for the free pre-season physicals provide by RUMC.
“These exams should be available to all student athletes and we were happy to provide our services to a wonderfully diverse group of student athletes,” Dr. Sherman continued. “This was a special community service that I look forward to continuing to provide.”
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