University Orthopedics’ Practitioners, Therapists Offering Free Pre-Participation Exams

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 13, 2023) — Continuing a tradition more than two decades in the making, University Orthopedics is proud to announce it will once again provide free Fall Sports Pre-Participation Exams for student-athletes of all ages, including those at the collegiate level. 

University Orthopedics will host this year’s event at its Kettle Point location in East Providence on August 5, 2023, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

“Since beginning this program nearly a quarter century ago, we have provided thousands of free exams for student-athletes, providing a convenient way for them to safely participate in the sports they love,” said Dr. Aristides Cruz, Jr., a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at University Orthopedics. “An event on this scale requires a true team effort. It couldn’t happen without the dedication of our doctors, advanced practice providers and experienced therapists.” 

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. 

“Being a student-athlete requires a tremendous amount of diligence and sacrifice, not just for the athlete, but their families. It’s our goal, through events like this, to support our local athletes by helping them begin their seasons safely, while also making the back-to-school rush a little easier,” said Physical Therapist Terry Moreno Toste, program coordinator. 

Families, coaches and athletic directors interested in the free Fall Sports Pre-Participation Exam program should visit for more information and to access the downloadable forms that are required to be filled out in order to participate. No appointment is necessary but is recommended for large groups. Questions about the event can be directed to Terry Moreno Toste at