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Free athletic physicals for area students July 21

Free athletic physicals for area students July 21

WEST PLAINS — Ozarks Medical Center will offer free athletic physicals for area student athletes from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21 at the Shaw Medical Building, across from the main entrance of the hospital at 1100 Kentucky Avenue.

Participants are encouraged to arrive during specific time slots, determined by the first letter of their last name. Times are as follows:

4:30 to 5 p.m. A to E

5 to 5:30 p.m. F to I

5:30 to 6 p.m. J to M

6 to 6:30 p.m. N to Q

6:30 to 7 p.m. R to U

7 to 7:30 p.m. V to Z

Local physicians, family nurse practitioners and advanced practice nurses will conduct physicals for student athletes entering 7th through 12th grades attending local area schools.

Athletic physicals are required for all students who plan to participate in any school-sponsored sport. Pam Ream, Director of OMC Rehabilitation Services, said the free physicals are part of an extended cooperative effort between OMC, the West Plains R-7 School District and other area school districts.

“Participating in school athletics is a great way for children and teens to stay active and healthy. We are proud to offer free physicals in support of our student athletes,” Ream said.

Last year, 411 area students turned out for this event.

Ream said dividing participants by last name has made the process quicker and more efficient.

All students will be required to submit a signed consent form and current insurance information from a parent or legal guardian at the time of the physicals. Forms must be completely filled out in order for the student to receive the physical. Partial information and incomplete forms will not be accepted.

Consent forms may be picked up between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the West Plains High School office; at OMC Education Services, located in the Parkway Center in West Plains; or at OMC Rehabilitation Services, located on the second floor of the Shaw Medical Building, 1111 Kentucky Ave. Forms also are available online at http://www.ozarksmedicalcenter.com/documents/events/physicals-form.pdf or from www.zizzers.org.

The night of the physicals boys requesting physicals should use the Kentucky Avenue east side entrance. Girls should use the main building entrance.

For additional information, contact OMC Rehabilitation Services at 417-257-5959 or OMC Public Relations at 417-257-6735.

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