FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO) -- In a little more than a month, school bells will be ringing in the start of the school year, and sports physicals are on the to do list for any student planning on participating in athletics. It's an important step in order to make sure students are able to compete safely.
Sports physicals are required by District 51 for any students planning on participating in school sports and officials at Family Health West say it's important to determine if a student is in good health before they play sports- for their short and long-term health.
Family Health West is offering sports physicals for District 51 students at their new Access Clinic. Nurse Practitioner, Bruce Beechwood says a primary thing the clinic looks for in a sports exam is heart health.
“Cardiac proficiency, in that they don't have any arrhythmia's or anything that may cause a sudden cardiac death," said Beechwood.
Officials also say evaluating a student's muscular and skeletal structure for support is also important in keeping them healthy. A basic eye exam and blood pressure check is also included in the evaluation. All of these preventative measures are a way to keep students safe when they're on the field.
“We have all heard about the kid who's playing baseball, gets hit in the chest, falls down and ya know, dies on the field. We want to go ahead and prevent that," said Beechwood.
Starting today, Family Health West is offering sports physicals to District 51 students. You can walk in, Monday through Friday until August 9th. The cost is $25. Appointments aren't needed, but you can make one if you're short on time. You can do that by giving them a call at 858-2190.