Local High School Athletes to Undergo Free Physicals at Hospital for Special Surgery

For the fifth consecutive year, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is offering free pre-season physicals for local junior varsity and varsity football players in the Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL). The “combine” will take place at the James M. Benson Sports Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Sports Performance Center at HSS.

HSS offers this screening to ensure the young athletes are fit to play and have no underlying medical problems before the football season starts. It is mandatory for all NYC high school students to receive medical clearance before playing a school sport.

“We are meeting a need in our own community by providing these free screenings to youth athletes,” said Dr. James Kinderknecht, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS and medical director of the PSAL Clinic. “We remain committed to providing these students with easy, reliable access to medical care.”

Students without health insurance are often forced to sit out of school sports if they can’t afford the required pre-season physical. With this program, not only are they receiving the necessary screening but it is being performed by the same doctors who treat the New York Giants and other professional sports teams.

“We go beyond the traditional physical by assessing their muscle strength and flexibility to help injury prevention,” said John Cavanaugh, PT, ATC, SCS, clinical supervisor, HSS Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center, who organizes the screenings. “These screenings are just one example of our high-quality care of young athletes in our community.”

Player evaluations will include cardiovascular and orthopedic screening, medical history and screening, flexibility testing, lower abdominal strength testing, lower extremity power testing, balance for a concussion management baseline, body fat percentage measurement and posture assessment.

The testing will be performed by primary care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, pediatricians, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists and registered nurses.

For more information about the screening and the PSAL Football Clinic, please visit: http://www.hss.edu/psal.asp.

Participation is free but pre-registration is required. To register, please contact John Cavanaugh at hssmedicalcombine@hss.edu.

About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.