Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine gives back to FBISD
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land offers their annual sports physicals for Fort Bend and Alief Independent School Districts’ middle school and high school athletes. They have been associated with these school districts for more than 15 years as team physicians.
University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires all high school athletes to undergo and pass a physical examination prior to participating in sports.
Physical evaluations include testing height, weight, vision, blood pressure, pulse, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, spine and all joints in the upper and lower body. Physicians discuss the athletes’ medical history and consult with them and their parents if further evaluation is necessary prior to releasing them to participate in sports.
“We truly enjoy working with the schools in Fort Bend County,” said Dr. Vincent Phan, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “I grew up here and actually went to Elsik High School, so it is an honor to come back and support the players. We look forward to continuing to support these school districts.”
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land generously donates proceeds that are generated from the physical examinations back to the school’s athletic training programs. In the last five years, this group of physicians has donated more than $250,000 back to local schools. Athletic trainers use this money to purchase the necessary equipment they need for the upcoming school year in addition to what their budget allows.
“Partnering with this physician group has allowed me the ability to buy better rehab equipment for those students who get hurt on the field,” said June Tomlin, athletic trainer at Elkins High School.
Other local high schools have used the money donated for things such as Under Armour game shirts and practice t-shirts for student athletic trainers, braces for the athletes, winter jackets for student athletic trainers, rehab equipment, team plaques and student athletic trainer field trips.
But performing physical examinations is just part of being the team physician. Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians support coaches, athletic trainers and players throughout the school year, according to Randy Cunningham, head coach at Travis High School.
“With the help of these physicians, we can rest assured that our athletes are in good hands and are receiving the care they need and deserve,” Cunningham said. Tomlin concurred, saying, “It is always reassuring to know that the physicians will be there for the athletes whether it is for physicals before season, injury during the game or a visit to their office after the game.”
“It is a privilege to work hands on with an exceptional group of athletic trainers and coaches,” said Dr. Timothy Sitter, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “I thoroughly enjoy the relationship that we have developed with the FBISD and AISD staff and look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”
On Saturday, August 9, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will host Extracurricular Pre-Participation Physicals and Health Expo from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Wheeler Field House, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land.
Orthopedic, sports medicine and cardiology specialists will be on site to provide additional clearance as needed.
The cost is only $20 cash for ages 12-18. Be sure to also bring the UIL Physician Evaluation form which can be printed off our website, www.houstonmethodist.org/student-physicals-sugar-land” houstonmethodist.org/student-physicals-sugar-land. Students receiving a physical will also get a free t-shirt.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281.340.6420.
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