Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Why Your Athlete Should Have a Complete Sports Physical

Published in Wellness Tag: Jessica Slavik, ATC,ATR,MA  

Author: Jessica Slavik, ATC, ATR, MA

It’s that time of year for your athlete’s sports physical. A sports physical isn’t just a piece of paper the doctor signs so your child can participate in sports. It’s a screening that allows your doctor to see what is going on with your child’s development. If your child is injured during a game, an athletic trainer—like me—will often communicate with your child’s doctor to be sure they’re getting the best care possible. A sports physical is made up of two parts—medical history and a physical screening or exam—to determine if your child is able to participate in sports (physical) activity.

  • The medical history may help discover any underlying or hidden issues that could cause problems. Along with a medical history, the physician will want to know if your immunizations are up-to-date.
  • The physical exam is pretty basic. The physician will take your child’s vitals, height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a few special tests to make sure they are physically able to participate.

Another important part of a sports physicals is the time spent talking to your athlete about their understanding of the sports they play and their readiness for those sports. Talking about injury prevention or proper nutrition for athletes may be things that they discuss with you. It’s important if you have any questions about your athlete, his or her participation in the sport or their health, that you bring them up during the sports physical. I tell all athletes of all ages that having a physical every year is as beneficial to you as it is to your medical team. It allows your family’s primary care provider to check in with your child. It also allows you to ask any questions you have about your child’s development or any risks they may face while playing sports. I find it’s very important for athletes to do a yearly exam to make sure they are staying healthy and to let your physician know how you are doing, both physically and personally. Once your athlete has officially been cleared to play, we’ll see them on the field (or court) and you in the stands!