Carson Valley Medical Center and the Douglas Pop Warner Football and Cheer Club combined on June 9 to offer free sports physicals to more than 65 Pop Warner participants.
The screening at Carson Valley Medical Center’s new facility on Ironwood Drive was aided by volunteer contributions from CVMC medical providers, staff, and Pop Warner board members as athletes received vital statistics and full physicals at no charge. Sixteen volunteers and five medical professionals were part of the event.
Douglas Pop Warner President Jim Valentine expressed his gratitude to the medical professionals and volunteers.
“Dr. David H. Johnson started this tradition over 20 years ago. We are lucky to have local professionals who have stepped up to keep it going.” Valentine said, “Medical exams are costly, and without the donation of time and facilities, parents would have an additional expense in getting their athlete on the field. We want everyone to have the opportunity to play.”
Pop Warner requires all football and cheer participants to obtain a full health release for each season of play.
“Physicals are a national requirement, and have proven their value many times over the years by finding ailments previously unknown to the athlete and his or her parents,” he said.
Carson Valley Medical Center’s Ironwood Drive offices opened in March and include Occupational Health Services, Dr. Herbig’s Family Medical Clinic and CVMC’s Urgent Care for illness or injury that needs immediate attention but may not be a life-threatening emergency.