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HOUSTON—(April 30, 2012)–The Methodist Hospital System and the Houston Texans are setting up a one-stop shop for youth extracurricular pre-participation physicals on May 19 at Reliant Stadium.

“All student athletes are required to have a sports physical before they set foot on the field of play,” said Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and medical director of the event. “This is a great way to be seen by doctors, athletic trainers and other providers who have years of experience in performing physicals.”

The students will not only receive a physical, but if a problem is detected, they will be evaluated by a specialist on site.

“For example, if a heart murmur or something similar is detected, the child will be seen by a cardiologist on site for a consultation and, if necessary, further tests, such as an echocardiogram, will be performed on site.” Lintner said. “If further problems are found, we will refer them to another specialist near their homes to determine the appropriate course of treatment. An expert in concussion management will also be present to evaluate any athlete with a significant history of concussions.”

The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 19 at Reliant Stadium by the Amegy Bank entrance. Free parking is available in the Blue Lot with a voucher and all participants should enter through Gate 9. Physicals are $15. All students must have University Interscholastic League (UIL) pre-participation forms filled out to receive a physical. You can download the medical history and consent forms at  or call 713-790-3333. Physicals are only available for students 12 to 18 years of age.

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