University Orthopedics’ Sports Exams Clinic Sees Post-Pandemic Rebound, Services Nearly 200 Local Student-Athletes

University Orthopedics is thrilled to announce the results of another successful Free Fall Sports Pre-Participation Exam event, held this past weekend at the practice’s Kettle Point location in East Providence.

During the four-hour event, the medical team – comprised of University Orthopedics physicians, advanced practice providers, and therapists – volunteered its time to provide 196 exams. That’s double the number provided during last year’s clinic.

“The community response to this year’s event was nothing short of amazing,” said Physical Therapist and Program Coordinator Terry Moreno Toste. “Over the event’s 25-year history, we’ve provided thousands of free exams. However, attendance took a pandemic-induced hit over the last few years. So, it’s truly encouraging to see the numbers rebound like they did this year.”

Student-athletes are required to have an exam before they’re allowed to participate in school-sponsored sports. While not intended to replace a yearly physical, UOI’s event provides exams for those who – for whatever reason – may not be able to see a primary care physician.

As the official orthopedic provider of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the Eastern Connecticut Conference (ECC), University Orthopedics is keenly aware student-athletes have multiple, specialized needs. That is why – in addition to its more than 60 board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians – University Orthopedics also has a team of experienced physical therapists trained in a wide array of specialties including, orthopedics; sports medicine; concussion therapy; dance rehabilitation; injury prevention; strength and conditioning; mobility; spine; Schroth method scoliosis treatment; and athletic training at the high school and college levels.