Mercy to provide free physicals

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Athletes may get sports physical Aug. 6

Mercy Cassville will again be providing free sports physicals in Cassville, to help student athletes be ready to compete when school starts, and to help parents save money and reduce their to-do lists during what can be a busy back-to-school season.

According to Tammie Cantu, Mercy operations manager, it's not the first time Mercy has provided free sports physicals to help local parents and students.

"Mercy has done these in the past, and we just like to give back to our community, and I know this is a great way to do it, and it helps the parents when they have so much going on at the beginning of school," she said.

Cantu, who manages Mercy ER physicians for Cassville and Aurora, said the sports physicals will be available on Aug. 6 from 8-11 a.m. in the rehab department (basement floor) of Mercy Hospital Cassville, located at located at 94 Main St., for Mighty Mites football players and cheerleaders who are accompanied by their parents or guardians.

"If they go to a clinic to get a full physical, sometimes it costs about $20-$30, depending on what co-pays are," Cantu said.

A team effort with Missouri State University, a partnership now in its third year, dozens of physician assistant students from the university will perform the physicals for hands-on experience, and Mercy physicians will offer expertise to finalize and approve all physicals.

The physicals are good for a year, regardless of what sport a student athlete will be playing.

"These Mighty Mites physicals aren't just free again, they're also convenient," said Dr. Joe Himes, a Mercy emergency room physician who plans to be on site. "We're honored to roll up our sleeves to keep our young athletes in their best shape, year after year."

In 2015, Mercy provided more than 200 free physicals to student athletes across the Cassville and Aurora communities.

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