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FHN Offering Free Evaluation of Sports Injuries on Saturday Mornings

8/20/2012

If an athlete turns an ankle or is experiencing some soreness, it's best to have it checked out by a healthcare professional. As school sports season begins, FHN is offering free evaluations of sports- and fitness-related injuries at a series of weekly walk-in clinics held Saturday mornings in the Orthopaedics department at FHN Family Healthcare Center – Burchard Hills in Freeport.

No appointment is required for these free evaluations by clinic staff of fitness-and sports-related injuries. Any necessary x-rays, supplies or follow-up visits will be charged accordingly.

Healthcare providers will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays August 25 through October 20 to examine fitness-related injuries such as minor sprains. (The clinic will be closed Sept. 1 for Labor Day weekend.)

"A simple examination often can determine the extent of an injury,” said FHN Athletic Training Team Leader Emily Giglio MS, ATC/LAT, NCTMB, LMT. “If the athlete has sustained a strain or sprain, we can talk with them about some stretching or strengthening exercises that might help prevent a more serious injury in the future, and recommend a follow-up with their high school athletic trainer. If the injury looks like it could be more serious, they're in the right place for further evaluation.”

For more information on FHN's Saturday Walk-In Sports Injury Clinics, visit www.fhn.org, or call the FHN Orthopaedics department at 815-599-7730.