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Sparrow Opens Free Clinic For High School Athletes

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - As fall sports get underway, that means student athletes face a higher risk of injury. Unfortunately it's a part of the game, but the local medical community is stepping up it's efforts to help student athletes recover.



When you consider the blocking, hitting and tackling, it's no wonder that in football injuries are an unavoidable part of the game. "That just goes along with the sport because it's such a physical sport," said Lansing Catholic Coach Jim Ahearn.


Ahearn's already dealt with a few injuries on his team. Now, those injured players have a more convenient option for treatment which doctors say is gaining popularity.


Sparrow is offering free care every Saturday morning at the Mac in East Lansing, geared specifically toward injured student athletes of all sports from now until mid-December.

"The attempt is to try to prevent these kids from getting their care in an emergency room setting," said Dr. Patrick Noud, a doctor with Mid-Michigan Physicians.

Dr. Noud says most injured athletes go to emergency after a game and won't get the proper tests, like MRI's or scans in some cases until weeks after the injury.

But at the clinic, student athletes see a doctor that morning and get follow ups in just a day or two.

"Luckily, Sparrow has provided us the ability if we see a patient on Saturday and they require advanced imaging to have those studies being done very quickly," said Dr. Noud.



Coach hopes the injury bug doesn't bite, but says he takes comfort knowing players have support if it does. Injured athletes can visit the clinic from 9 to 11:30.


Coaches say the fact that the clinic is free means a lot because some of their athletes whose families are un-insured don't seek medical treatment when their kids get hurt, that only makes those injuries worse.

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