To make sure that high school student-ath- letes in Cottage Grove are ready to compete in the next school year, PeacheHealth Cot- tage Grove Community Medical Center is working with Cottage Grove High School to provide sports physicals from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9 and 10 in the health clinic at Cottage Grove High School. The physicals will cost $20 instead of the normal $40 and the funds will be donated back to schools in the district.
The sports physicals are in accordance with South Lane School District's requirement that student-athletes must be cleared before their freshman year and again two years later.
“Youth athletes are required to get phys- icals for a reason,” says Ehsan Hazrat, MD family medicine at Cottage Grove Commu- nity Medical Center. “Physicals can screen athletes for potential illnesses or conditions that might limit their ability to play sports, especially those conditions that may be ag- gravated by intense exercise.”
For the physicals, the medical profession- als check the basics of height, weight and blood pressure but are also looking to see if there are any serious medical conditions at play that may have gone unnoticed in the past.