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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Marshall Health to offer free sports physicals, baseline concussion testing July 26

SCOTT DEPOT, W.Va. – Free sports physicals and baseline concussion testing will be available Wednesday, July 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Marshall Health-Teays Valley, 300 Corporate Center Drive, Scott Depot. 

Physicians from Marshall Pediatrics and Marshall Orthopaedics will provide free participation physicals for athletes of all ages, just in time for the start of the fall sports season. 

In addition to the physicals required by most school-based and organized sports, free baseline concussion testing will be available for ages 5 and older. 

“Unfortunately, concussions are common sports-related injuries,” said Norman C. Cottrill, D.O., an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who specializes in pediatric concussion care. “With the number of concussions on the rise nationally, we recommend that any athlete participate in baseline concussion testing.” 

Marshall Health announced last month that, in addition to baseline concussion testing for ages 12 and older, it now offers baseline testing for pediatric patients ages 5 to 12. The pediatric test is iPad based and only takes about 20 minutes. 

“This proactive approach to concussion management allows us to establish a more personalized treatment plan if the patient ever sustains a concussion,” said Brock Niceler, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine who specializes in primary care sports medicine. “Baseline testing also helps us make safer return-to-play decisions for athletes 5 years of age and up.”

No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Marshall Health-Teays Valley at 304-691-6800.

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Media Contact:  
Sheanna Spence
Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs and Community Relations
School of Medicine
304-691-1639