Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) – Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine will offer sports physicals for area students who are entering grades seven to 12 and want to participate in school sports programs.

The exams will follow the protocol set by the MSHSL and all athletes from Southeast Minnesota, Western Wisconsin and Northern Iowa will be able to go to Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine for their sports physical.

Exams cost $20, cash or check, are available on Saturday, July 27 from 8 am - 11 am at Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine, which is on the third floor of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. Those looking to compete should complete the 2019-2020 Sports Qualifying Physical Examination Medical Eligibility Form before the exam takes place. The form is also available at high school athletic offices, school websites, and on the MSHSL website.

Those who are under 18 will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, according to Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine.

Athletes should dress comfortably for the exams. If athletes wear glasses or contact lenses, they should bring them to the exam. Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine says that sports physicals do not replace care or treatment from a primary care provider. If athletes have underlying medical conditions, they should see their primary care provider.

Mayo Clinic's staff includes physicians and residents from Orthopedics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, and Family Medicine. Athletic trainers, physical therapists and advanced-practice providers also will be on hand to help with the exams.

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