Victory Medical Group provides 167 free physicals for area high school students
Victory Medical Group’s Stanley, Thorp and Owen Clinics saw a total of 167 high school students during the clinics’ annual free sports physicals. These exams comply with the requirements of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), which state that a student must have a current physical examination on file before they are allowed to start practice.
Of the students who were screened there were nine that needed further follow-up before being cleared for participation. About the screening overall, Victory Medical Group Clinics Manager Cindy Lindgren says, “These physicals are not always covered by insurance and some families may not have the financial ability to pay, especially if they have more than one child involved in sports. As you can in the numbers some of these physicals help parents identify potential health risks. We are pleased to be able to provide this service so that no child in our area will be excluded from participation because the family couldn’t afford the physical exam. The value of this service to our children and sports programs exceeded $25,000 again this year.”
During the physical, healthcare providers evaluate the prospective athlete’s overall appearance, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lymph nodes, heart, pulse, lungs, abdomen and skin. They also evaluate the musculoskeletal system and look at the neck, back, shoulder/arm, elbow/forearm, wrist/hand, hip/thigh, know, leg/ankle and foot. The Victory Medical Group staff providing the physicals this year were: Tom Tuttle, MD; Charles Wirtz, MD; Bill Hopkins, MD; Dan Gilles, PA-C; Peter Gintner, PA-C; Betsy Wacker, PA-C; and Stacey Gusman, APNP. OLVH and VMG President Cindy Eichman says, “We are grateful to these clinicians and to their support staff for making it possible to provide this service to our communities.”