St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics is reminding students interested in playing sports in the school administered sports program next year must have a completed, current health form on file with the school prior to their first practice. SMHC has scheduled their sports physical clinics from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd in the Kamiah Medical Clinic; on Wednesday June 3rd in the Cottonwood Clinic and on Monday, June 8th at the Nezperce Clinic. The $25 charge is payable at time of visit. SMHC donates $15 back to the schools to help support their athletic programs.
No appointments are necessary and any student can be seen at any clinic regardless of the school they attend or the community in which they live.
“SMHC offers the clinics as a public service, plus it is very convenient for families,” said Theresa Uptmor, SMHC Business Services Director. “We hope interested students take part in the scheduled clinics because it will be a cost savings. The health care providers can conduct a sports physical exam at any time, but not at this reduced rate.”
According to the Idaho School Activities Association, students entering 7th, 9th or 11th grade and all new students must have a current sports physical form on file with the school. SMHC has distributed sports physical packets to each of the schools in the area for students planning on sports involvement during the 2009-2010 school year. Students in the 6th, 8th, and 10th grades should be bringing those packets home. Each clinic has copies. The packet contains forms requiring parental signatures including a right to treatment form, the IHSAA health form, a HIPAA statement allowing the clinic to forward the information to the school and a list of immunizations. Immunizations will be offered during the sports physical clinics at no cost.
Students should fill out the front side of the Idaho Health Examination and Consent Form and bring that form and the others to the clinic. Students should wear shorts and loose fitting clothing and bring their glasses or contact lenses.