Registration open for sports physicals

MARYSVILLE Beginning Aug. 1, the Marysville School District will begin taking appointments for the fall sports physical offered Aug. 14.
The physical, which is also available to students outside of the school district, is a much more thorough one than provided by the typical family doctor, said Marysville athletic director Greg Erickson.
Patients go through eight different testing stations. In addition to the usual percent body fat and height, weight and strength stations, students can expect to undergo urinalysis and a stress test by the Marysville Fire Department.
Dr. Gerald Yorioka, who will perform the pulmonary exam, said athletes should be prepared to run a mile. The run not only helps students anticipate their fitness level, but it makes several health conditions, including heart murmurs and exercise-induced asthma, easier to detect.
Because we ask kids to exert themselves, its easier to pick out heart murmurs, he said. And if some kids cant run a mile, that tells you something.
But people unable to complete the mile dont exactly fail the examination. Yorioka said that he has tested students in the Lynnwood School District who were required to take a physical to play on the chess team.
Most often, the physical is intended to send up a red flag about potential health concerns. Even murmurs wont necessarily fail a student, but require the clearance of his or her family doctor.
Appointments are available Aug. 14 between 4-8 p.m., and Yorioka recommended setting aside an hour to complete examination.
Students are not required to take the school-offered physical to go out for sports, but a physical no older than two years must be on file to participate. Erickson said new physicals are particularly encouraged for students who have been recently injured or undergone a growth spurt.
For the most accurate percent body fat reading, athletes should show up well-hydrated and caffeine-lite.
The physical is provided for $40, with proceeds benefiting the Scholar Athlete Award recipients. M-Ps honorees for 2007 were Megan Crenshaw and David Hinckley.

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