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Freeman Free Student Physical Exam

The Missouri State High School Activity Association mandates that all student athletes grades 7th through 12th to get a sports physical.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Athletes are encouraged to get physical exams to participate in a school sport. The Missouri State High School Activity Association mandates that all student athletes grades 7th through 12th to get a sports physical. One physical for the year will cover summer, fall, and spring semester sports. 

"All their doctors donate a lot of their time, and their nurses are there as well in their new facility on 32nd Street," said Jeff Starkweather, Joplin Schools Athletic Director.

The athletic director tells us athletes must provide the school with proof of insurance, concussion and physical exams. He says the Freeman physical exams cover all but one of those requirements. 

"Check for their hearts, check to see if there are murmurs and those types of things. And if so, then they'll refer them to another doctor before they pass their physical. So it can catch some early detection type stuff," said Starkweather. 

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center therapist tell us the free exams help avoid cases where doctors have found underlying problems.

"It does happen every once in awhile, but we get the person to the right provider and get them taken care of that way they can play safely," said Bill King, Freeman Physical Therapist. 

Bill King says the sports physical includes a wide range of inspections. 

"We check their height, weight and blood pressure. We check their ears, noses and throats. We check their heart and lungs, we also do orthopedic exams," said King.

It's a win-win for families looking to save a few bucks. 

"Unfortunately, they'll have to provide one regardless. So this is a great opportunity for our community to take advantage of the free physical night. If not, then they'll have to go and pay for a physical and then provide us a copy of that physical. It's just a saving of out of pocket expense for the families," said Starkweather. 

The free physical exams will take place on April 16th, April 23rd, April 30th, and May 7th at the Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center on 32nd Street. 

Here is the complete schedule:

Wednesday, April 16

6 pm - Diamond incoming 7th – 12th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

6:15 pm - Sarcoxie incoming 7th – 12th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

6:45 pm - East Newton incoming 7th – 12th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

Wednesday, April 23
6 pm - Joplin High School incoming 11th and 12th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

6:30 pm - Joplin High School incoming 9th and 10th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

7 pm - Joplin incoming 8th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

7:15 pm - Joplin incoming 7th grade students at Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center, 2206 East 32nd Street

Wednesday, April 30
6 pm - Neosho middle and high school students at Neosho High School

Wednesday, May 7
6 pm - Webb City middle and high school students at Webb City High School

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