In its ongoing support of high school athletics, RiverView Health will offer free sports physicals to area school athletes in grades seven through 12 at all RiverView Clinics. The schedules are as follows:
- Crookston, 323 S. Minnesota Street: 5-7 pm, July 16th, 24th, 30th and Aug. 6th; call 218-281-9595 for an appointment.
- East Grand Forks, 1428 Central Avenue NW: during regular business hours July 17th, 22nd, and 31st; call 218-773-1390 for an appointment.
- Fertile, 306 Mill Street: 4-6 pm, July 23rd-25th; call 218-945-6695 for an appointment.
- Red Lake Falls, Park Place Mall: 9 am-3:30 pm, July 25th, Aug. 6th and 8th; call 218-253-4606 for an appointment.
Once an appointment is scheduled, you will be mailed the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Clearance Form to fill out and bring with you to the exam. The form must be completed and signed by the student and parent before the exam can be performed.
“As a community hospital, we want to encourage students to participate in physical activity. We certainly don’t want the cost of a sports physical to be a barrier to anyone that wants to participate in athletics,” said Dr. Erik Kanten who has provided sideline coverage for a number of different area sports teams over the years.
While the free physicals meet all of the requirements for participation in sports by the MSHSL, they are not intended to replace annual, comprehensive physical exams. Annual exams are recommended for all children.