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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to help evaluate, diagnose and treat athletes of all kinds — from high school and college team members to people with activity-related injuries.

July

Screenings
Lake City, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 651-345-1100.

Screenings
Cannon Falls, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-263-6001.

Screenings
Mankato, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year.

Student athletes are asked to:

  • Wear gym shorts and a T-shirt to the screening.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian present if athlete is under age 18.

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical exam form.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-594-2600.

Screenings
Ellsworth, Wi In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring completed Wisconsin high school league sports screening form.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 715-273-5061.

Screenings
Onalaska, WI In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is providing a comprehensive exam that includes updating immunizations and completing any required school or sports forms for the school year.

If your child plays a school sport or will start preschool, kindergarten or college in the fall, make an appointment now.

See examination dates and times listed below:

  • July 20, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • July 25, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 1, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 2, 4-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 3, 4-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 10, 3:30-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, 5-6 p.m.
  • Aug. 12, 3-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 16, 4-5 p.m.
  • Aug. 18, 4:30-6 p.m.

Schedule an appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 608-392-5001.

Screenings
Zumbrota, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-732-7314.

Screenings
St. James In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering sports screenings for athletes entering grades 7 to 12 in the 2022–2023 school year to fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian accompany them to the screening, if under 18.

This screening is not intended to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical form.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment by calling 507-375-3261.

Screenings
Fairmont In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering sports screenings for athletes entering grades 7 to 12 in the 2022–2023 school year to fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian accompany them to the screening, if under 18.

This screening is not intended to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical form.

Fairmont screenings take place on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23. View the sports screening flyer for those times along with additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment by calling 507-238-8500.

Screenings
Fairmont In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering sports screenings for athletes entering grades 7 to 12 in the 2022–2023 school year to fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian accompany them to the screening, if under 18.

This screening is not intended to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical form.

Fairmont screenings take place on Friday, July 22, and Saturday, July 23. View the sports screening flyer for those times along with additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment by calling 507-238-8500.

Screenings
Red Wing, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 651-267-5500.

Screenings
New Prague, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year.

Student athletes are asked to:

  • Wear gym shorts and a T-shirt to the screening.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) website.
  • Have a parent or guardian present if athlete is under age 18.

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

If a health concern is detected during the screening, the provider will advise you to contact your primary care provider and will not sign the MSHSL physical exam form.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment by calling 952-758-4461.

Screenings
Plainview, MN In Person

Mayo Clinic Health System is offering free qualifying sports screenings for area school athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–23 school year.

Student athletes are asked to be prepared for the screening and to:

  • Wear gym shorts and T-shirt.
  • Bring school ID.
  • Bring the completed Sports Qualifying Physical Exam Form from the Minnesota State High School League website.
  • Have a parent present (recommended, but not required).

This screening is not meant to take the place of ongoing care with your regular health care professional. Immunizations will not be offered. If your child has not had a well-child exam in the last two years or is unable to attend one of these events, contact your local clinic to schedule an exam in which they can be cleared for sports.

View the sports screening flyer for additional locations and dates.

Schedule a sports screening appointment online with Patient Online Services or the Mayo Clinic App, or by calling 507-534-3169.

In The News

Sports physicals for student athletes offered in Southwest Minnesota

These clinics are for student athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year. The physicals provided fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

June 8, 2022
Eau Claire Diagnostic Imaging and Sports Medicine Center

Construction will begin in spring on the complex offering sports medicine, imaging and performance training services.

March 8, 2022
Northwest Wisconsin named sports medicine provider for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Athletics

Beginning with the fall sports season, clinical staff from Orthopedics and Sports Medicine will provide services for Blugold athletes on all 25 men's and women's athletic teams.

August 25, 2021
Walk-in care for orthopedic injuries in Mankato

Expert walk-in orthopedic and sports medicine care for fractures, breaks, sprains and dislocations offered in Mankato.

July 23, 2021
Sports Physicals for Student Athletes

Several sports physical clinics to be hosted in St. James, Sherburn and Fairmont.

July 15, 2021

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