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Methodist Mansfield Medical Center offers Mansfield ISD athletes

UIL Athletic Physicals and Echocardiograms

Mansfield Independent School District (MISD) Athletic Department is partnering with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to offer $10 sports physicals to 4,000 middle and high school student athletes. Physicals will take place Saturday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, 2700 E. Broad Street in Mansfield.

The hospital will also offer free, optional echocardiogram screenings at Methodist 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. 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 Philip O’Neal. “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 Assistant Athletic Director of Operations 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 Echocardiogram screenings will be offered on a first come, first served basis and will be conducted by appointment only by calling 682-242-6401. 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, Dallas-based Methodist Health System (Methodist) provides quality, integrated health care to improve and save the lives of individuals and families throughout North Texas. Four hospitals and 25 Methodist Family Health Centers and Medical Groups are among the facilities served by the nonprofit Methodist Health System, which is affiliated by covenant with the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the fastest-growing health systems in America, Methodist continues to add facilities and services to enhance patient care along the entire continuum. Additional information is available at Connect through Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Angel Biasatti