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News Newport Event to Help Prepare Student Athletes

By Tricia Schug

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Get your student athlete ready to compete with low-cost physicals, free seminars and information booths at the Preparing Teen Athletes conference, Saturday, Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital and the Center for Health Education in Newport.

Primary care providers from Samaritan Health Center-Newport will offer physicals for student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each exam costs $80, and insurance is accepted. Students must bring a sports physical form from their school, completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Physicals will be held at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, Suite B, located near the southwest entrance of the hospital. A parent or guardian must be present at the time of the physical.  

In addition, students and their parents are invited to attend two free seminars being held across the street from the hospital at the Center for Health Education, 740 SW Ninth Street. From 11 a.m. to noon, sports performance specialist Kyle Bangen, MS, CSCS, discusses physically preparing teen athletes for sports by using appropriate workouts and eating properly. 

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Olympian and former football star, Jess Lewis, talks with students about ways to avoid drugs and alcohol by sharing stories from his own experiences as an Olympic wrestler and NFL and OSU football player.

In between seminars, attendees can browse information booths by SamFit, the Samaritan Athletic Medicine Center (The SAM), the QPR Institute, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention, and more. Free refreshments will be provided. Seminars and booths are open to anyone.

For more information, call the Center for Health Education at 541-574-4954.