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Free injury evaluations for student athletes


HCM physical therapist Clay Holland (right) performs a McMurray’s test to examine high school student Joel Jenschke’s meniscus while HCM physical therapist Kimberly Whitcher assists.

Hill Country Memorial and orthopedic surgeons are again teaming up to offer free orthopedic and physical therapy evaluations to middle and high school students on Saturdays through Nov. 11.
Sports Injury Clinics are held each Saturday from 7:30 to 9 am at Hill Country Memorial Hospital, 1020 S. State Hwy. 16, in Fredericksburg.
“We bring physicians and specialists directly to injured students,” said Clay Holland, Director of Therapy Services at the HCM Rehab Center. “After Thursday and Friday games or activities, students don’t have to wait until Monday to get the care they need.”
Organizers emphasize that clinics are open to any middle or high school student athlete, regardless of sport or activity. Students involved in football, volleyball, team tennis, cross-country, golf, swimming, cheerleading, dance and drill team, band and color guard are welcome to an evaluation.
“Students, coaches and parents should know that you don’t have to ‘jog it off’ if you’re hurt,” said Holland. “The most important thing is to get back to a healthy level of activity safely.”
After an evaluation, Sports Injury Clinic volunteers provide the students with instructions for their team trainers, coaches and sponsors to promote proper healing and avoid further injury.
Volunteers include physicians and staff from the HCM Imaging Department, HCM Rehab Center, HCM Medical Group, Texas Hill Country Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, PA, and Agility Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
• Evaluations are free, but if an injury requires x-rays, splinting or casting, such expenses are the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian.
• No appointments are necessary, and evaluations are first-come, first-served.
• A parent or legal guardian must accompany students.
• Please bring insurance information and enter through the HCM admissions entrance.

For more information, call the HCM Rehab Center at (830) 997-1357