This school year isn’t even over, but summer sports camps and workouts will be here before you know it. Every student needs a physical evaluation before they’re allowed to play a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) sport. A new evaluation is required for each school year. That can take both time and money that busy parents don’t always have. As East Tennessee’s sports medicine experts, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic wants to make sure each student athlete is ready to play when their season begins. So, they make it easy.
Every spring at Thompson-Boling Arena on the UT campus, KOC’s highly trained providers offer preparticipation screenings for a flat fee of just $10. Hundreds of athletes from more than 40 middle and high schools are checked for everything required by the TSSAA. The process is streamlined to make it as simple for athletes and their families as possible.
“It’s nice to be able to get this taken care of, and so affordably, before summer starts,” said Kim Holbert, mother of two Knox County high school athletes who play multiple sports. “Otherwise you forget and you’re left scrambling to get it done in time for your kids to start practice.”
This year, Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic screening day will be Saturday May 6 for athletes who will be in 8th-12th grade during the next school year. All students need to bring $10 cash or a check payable to KOC along with their evaluation form. The history and consent forms must already be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian.
“School sports can be the start of a lifetime of healthy physical activity,” said Dr. Matt Rappé, KOC sports medicine surgeon. “We just want to make sure all of the young athletes in our community are properly screened so they can continue playing the sport or sports they love.”
For more information, including the scheduled appointment time for your school, click here.
The preparticipation screening is designed to check in a cursory way for common causes of injury and sudden death among young, relatively healthy individuals. The healthcare providers at KOC strongly recommend that every athlete also have an annual well child visit with their primary care physician for a comprehensive evaluation and any needed immunizations.