(MONTEREY, CA)—Monterey Spine & Joint (MSJ) will offer a series of free sports physical exam events for local community student athletes starting on Saturday, June 10th at its 11,000 square foot Physical Therapy Clinic at Ryan Ranch – South Campus 21 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Monterey, CA. These exams will help student athletes prepare for the upcoming school year. MSJ’s Sports Medicine Physicians Dr. Anderson, Dr. MC Howard, Dr. Gularte, Dr. Patibanda, Dr. Bernstein and Dr. Farac will be the attending physicians for these physicals.

“We believe in supporting the health and well-being of student-athletes in our community, and this initiative is part of our commitment to their overall athletic success,” said Jason Wilfong, CEO, Monterey Spine & Joint. “Exams are not only required for team sport participation, but they are also a good idea. The goal of the exam is to pick up on any physical situation that could potentially cause injury during the sports season. We want to catch it early and prevent an injury before it occurs.”

There will be a series of five scheduled student athlete exam events during this summer. The exam dates are Saturdays 06/10, 06/24, 07/15, 07/29 and 08/05. Each will run for three to four hours. Exams are open to student athletes in all academia sports teams in the area – as long as they have a sports physical form. It is estimated that this will offer over 1000 exam slots to student athletes in the community.

Previously MSJ has worked directly with several school and sport programs to offer hundreds of free physicals, however this is the first year that MSJ is opening this program up to the general public. To allow for more flexibility and convenience in scheduling, instead of holding sign-ups for specific schools on designated days, they are offering five different dates for athletes to choose from. Athletes will need to bring their sports physical form with them when they arrive.

To sign up for a specific date, check here. All slots of filled!

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