As any parent will tell you, kids require a lot of care and a lot of appointments to provide that care. Teeth. Eyes. Ears. They all need “regular maintenance” by way of well checks. And for the young athlete, the required annual sports physical is yet another appointment that simply must be kept. And for good reason.
Beacon Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is a leader in providing local athletes with their all-important physicals. In fact, Beacon’s Dr. Robert Rolf is the medical director at Oldenburg (Indiana) Academy of the Immaculate Conception. Just last week, his team examined 73 student-athletes for their requisite annual physicals onsite at the school.
Dr. Rolf has a long history of keeping athletes and weekend warriors healthy, specializing in advanced arthroscopic techniques for sports medicine injuries including shoulder replacement, rotator cuff tears, tendon transfers, and reverse shoulder replacement. As team medical directors for the Cincinnati Reds, Beacon’s board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists provide the same high-quality care they deliver to professional athletes to Indiana families.
Even if your school doesn’t offer physicals onsite, obtaining the required physical form is important to your student’s health and well-being. While it may seem like just another appointment to be kept, ensuring young athletes are healthy from the start is the best way to avoid injury. Providing thorough sports physicals means the doctor can capture a good baseline of the student’s fitness. “These examinations make sure they are healthy enough to compete now,” Rolf said. “And then, if they should ever, unfortunately, get injured, we know where they started.” That’s just good medicine.
When young people play high school sports, it can be rewarding and fun. It can also be taxing on their bodies. Be sure to have a fully accredited physician provide required physicals before he or she takes the field.
Beacon doctors provide onsite sports physicals at Oldenburg, East Central, and Lawrenceburg high schools. And since Beacon believes that price should not be prohibitive for this type of preventive care, these onsite physicals are provided for only $20 per student.
Beacon doctors are also the official medical directors at these southeastern Indiana high schools:
• South Dearborn
• Rising Sun
• South Ripley
• Switzerland County
Of note, May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, designated in 1983 by the President’s Council on Fitness to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life. Celebrate May by scheduling that physical or by attending one of our upcoming walk-in physicals events.