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      Local hospital provides free sports physicals

      A local hospital provides free sports physicals

      In order to be successful in sports, you have to be healthy and prepared. Some local healthcare professionals are helping students to do just that.

      Northeast Regional Medical Center provided physicals June 19th for local student athletes at William Matthew Middle School. Best of all, it was all free of charge. Doctors, nurses and ATSU students were on hand to help hundreds of athletes get ready for the upcoming athletic season. Physicals are required by the State Activities Association and any student participating must have their physical on file.

      ??Physicals are pretty important," said Bailey Pope of the Kirksville Area Technical Center. "I saw they were finding heart murmurs that were undiagnosed. You find things out that you may or may not have known that you??ve had in the past. It??s important to keep up with that.??

      ??It??s a great opportunity for the kids," agrees Scott Latham, Athletic Director for Kirksville Public Schools. "It??s free and I just really appreciate what all these people do for us. I??m hoping it gets bigger every year. It??s a free service and what they provide for us here is just amazing. The kids get a great service here and a great check."

      If you weren??t able to take advantage of the free physicals today, don??t worry, you??ve still got another chance. The service continues June 20th, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary.