UA Orthopaedic Surgery Holds Free High School Football Injury Clinic

Jo Gellerman
Aug. 23, 2001

MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: Interviews with doctors and patients at the clinic can be arranged. Drs. Grana and Brown also can provide tips on preventing youth sport injuries. Contact the AHSC Office of Public Affairs, (520) 626-7301.

Back to school also means back to football, and many parents of kids who play the sport worry about injuries. Twenty percent of children participating in sports activities are injured each year and the rate of injury in high school football is seven times higher than any other prep sport.

To help meet the needs of those injured football athletes -- and help ease the minds of their parents -- the UA College of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is opening a free Saturday sports clinic for athletes suffering from aches and pains following Friday night games.

The clinic, open Saturday mornings from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. at 707 N. Alvernon Way, will be staffed by Dr. William Grana, head of the UA orthopaedic surgery department, Dr. Andrew Brown, assistant professor with the department. Both doctors have extensive sports medicine experience.

Grana has worked with a variety of athletic teams and organizations, including Oklahoma State University and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Team in Seoul, South Korea. Brown has worked with the athletics departments at the University of Colorado and University of Iowa.

The Saturday clinic opens Aug. 25 and will remain open throughout the football season. The last session will be Nov. 10. The clinic serves athletes from all over Southern Arizona.

No appointments are necessary during the clinic hours, and there will be no charge for the initial consultation. Patients should bring insurance information. The athlete must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a written consent for treatment.




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