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District to offer free health physicals for high school athletes

By the Notebook on May 31, 2013 02:32 PM

Despite questions about whether there will be funding for varsity sports this fall, the District is offering free sports physicals at its 440 N. Broad St. headquarters from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

The exams will include assessments by a volunteer team of cardiology, pulmonary, and orthopedic specialists and are more extensive than what a general practitioner typically provides, according to Robert Coleman, executive director of the District athletic department.

“This is a free, but quality service opportunity,” said Coleman in promoting the event on YouTube with David Shipon, a cardiologist at the Heart Center of Philadelphia and executive director of the Athletic Health Organization, cosponsor of the event.

Significant health-related problems, some potentially lethal, have been found in the past, according to Shipon.

The event, being held for an eighth year, is open to high school athletes at all PIAA District XII schools, including parochial and charter school athletes.

For more information, call the Office of Athletics at 215-400-4190.

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Comments (6)

Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on May 31, 2013 5:45 pm
More proof that the SRC has no credibility whatsoever when they pass a budget. They are admitting their budget is made up crap.
Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on June 1, 2013 12:36 pm
I went to the free health physicals event because I have three kids who play sports and a number of students who needed physicals. It is an important service although the event was odd. The physicals are for all students - public, charter, parochial, and private. Based on t-shirts, there were a lot of students from charters and parochial schools. The event was also ironic because the public schools may not have sports in 2013-2014 while parochial and charter are not threatened with draconian cuts. Also, the only materials distributed by the School District (versus health related organizations) was a brochure to register for the School District's cyber charter. Yes, there is funding for a new cyber charter - apparently a priority to Hite / Khin / Phila. School Partnership / SRC - but students may not get to participate in athletics unless they move to a charter / parochial school. (The budget for the cyber charter is $15 million / sports are about $7.2 million a year). Is this an attempt to drive as many students as possible into charters? Am I being overly cynical? suspicious?
Submitted by tom-104 on June 1, 2013 5:17 pm
No, you are not. You are seeing things clearly.
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2013 10:41 am
I volunteered at the free physicals. What a great turnout. I would say there were over 1,000 students seen that day. Sorry I did not see any of the SRC volunteering. Great job Robert Coleman and the Office of Athletics!
Submitted by Jennifer (not verified) on June 3, 2013 11:45 pm
I was also there for my incoming freshman to get her physical, and I was surprised also by all the parochial parents there with their kids. I think this surprised me because I have been reading so many comments on the Notebook from parochial parents complaining about the public school parents being lazy and deadbeats because we don't pay for extracurricular events like they do, and I found it ironic that they came out in droves to take advantage of the FREE physical day that the school district rolled out. Remember, glass houses people!
Submitted by Kristen (not verified) on August 19, 2013 3:48 am
As we all know health is one of the major and important issues which is been discussed in each and every sector. So therefore we should be more concerned about our health issues. So that we should always be aware of the health care and for this government is going to impart education of health care in different districts. So it is better for the children that we should different new things regarding our health. medical clinics near me

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