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Freeman Provides Free Sports Physicals to Area Athletes

April 01, 2019

Exams Play Role in Health and Safety of Student Athletes

For the 28th year, Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center will offer free annual pre-participation physical exams to more than 2,000 area middle school, high school and college student athletes. Pre-participation physicals are only for students entering grades 7-12 for the 2019-2020 school year, with the exception of Ozark Christian College. The physicals will begin April 3 at Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center, 2206 E. 32nd St. in Joplin. This session is for student athletes attending school in the East Newton, Seneca, Diamond and Sarcoxie school districts. Physicals will be offered to additional schools in various locations throughout April and May.

Injuries or illnesses are often detected during these annual exams to alert students and their parents about medical conditions that may require further examination from a family practice physician or a specialist.

Signed parental consent forms are required before a pre-participation physical examination can be performed and may be obtained from a school athletic director. For more information, contact Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center at 417.347.3737.

6:00 pm Wednesday, April 3

At Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center

(East Newton, Seneca, Diamond and Sarcoxie)

6:00 pm Wednesday, April 10

At Neosho High School

6:00 pm Wednesday, April 17

At Carl Junction High School

6:00 pm Wednesday, April 24

At Joplin High School

6:00 pm Wednesday, May 1

At Webb City High School

6:00 pm Wednesday, May 8

At Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center

(Baxter Springs, Columbus, Riverton, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School, College Heights Christian School and Ozark Christian College)

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2019, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. The Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Fall 2018 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 70 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit