AU offering free health physicals to students

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The school year is quickly coming to an end but for some student-athletes, there's no such thing as an offseason.

News 12 found out how Augusta University Health is helping high school athletes get their physicals without breaking the bank.

Spring has sprung and athletes are springing through these doors.

“It is required by state law for every athlete that is going to be participating in a sport to have a physical,” said Lisa Branon, an AU certified athletic trainer.

The process is pretty easy, lasting about thirty minutes

“We do a vision screening check their blood pressure and then we do a muscular-skeletal exam just to make sure they aren't having any pain or underlying issues that might keep them from being able to play,” said Branon.

This is the second year Augusta University Health will do a free mass screening for Richmond and Aiken County students. Last year, over 120 students showed up.

“There's been a lot of recent stories in the news of athletes passing out or even dying on the field so we are doing everything we can to prevent that,” said Branon.

For some student athletes, it's the only time they'll see a doctor all year, so therapists are pushing parents to get their child here because it's not just about sports but your child's overall health.

“Our biggest concern is their health and their safety so if they don't have a primary care doctor or go to the doctor on a regular basis this a perfect opportunity for them to get in the door,” said Branon.

The event is happening at Augusta University Medical Clinic off of West Wheeler Road. If you have a high school student in Richmond or Aiken County, mark your calendar for April 27 at 9 a.m.