Methodist Mansfield Medical Center Offers Mansfield ISD Athletes UIL Athletic Physicals and Echocardiograms in 2014

sportsMansfield Independent School District Athletic Department is partnering with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to offer $20 sports physicals to some 5,000 middle school and high school student athletes. Physicals will take place Saturday, Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at Mansfield High School, 3001 E. Broad Street in Mansfield.

The hospital will also offer free optional echocardiogram screenings at Methodist Mansfield, located at 2700 E. Broad Street in Mansfield. An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart to help detect abnormalities and/or other cardiovascular conditions that may affect student athletes.

The sports physicals and echocardiogram screenings will be performed by volunteer nurses, allied health professionals, and independently practicing physicians from Methodist Mansfield. Sports echos will be led by Alan Taylor, MD, cardiologist on the medial staff at Methodist Mansfield. Darin Charles, MD and Jeff McDaniel, MD, will lead the team of physicians in performing the sports physicals.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our student athletes to have a quality physical exam,” said Mansfield ISD Athletic Director Debbie Weems. “The generous donations of time and equipment mean many of our students will have access to comprehensive tests.”

“Our goal is to provide a quality UIL physical exam to ensure all of our athletes can compete safely,” said MISD Athletic Trainer Eric White.

Parents of middle school and high school student athletes in Mansfield ISD who wish to participate in the echocardiogram screening must complete a medical history questionnaire and sign medical releases prior to the screening. The forms are available from MISD athletic directors or on the website www.mansfieldisd.org. Echocardiogram screenings will be offered on a first come/first served basis and will be conducted by appointment only by calling1-877-637-4297. Parents must accompany their teens during this painless non-invasive test.

The sports physical is not intended to replace a student’s regular physical exam with their primary care physician, but it will meet UIL requirements to medically clear students before they can participate in any organized sports activity. The echocardiogram procedure is a screening exam and does not rule out all heart-related causes of illness.

About Methodist Health System

Guided by the founding principles of life, learning and compassion, Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Additional information is available at www.methodisthealthsystem.org. Connect with them through Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Texas law prohibits hospitals from practicing medicine. The physicians on the Methodist Mansfield Medical Center medical staff, including those participating in this event, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System.

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Angel Biasatti
682-622-2063
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