Mountain Pointe High School is in its final preparations to host the 23rd Annual Physical Day for student athletes and members of the Ahwatukee community.
Physical Day, sponsored by Dignity Health and University Sports Medicine, allows students who plan to be involved with sports during the next school term to get their routine physicals completed.
Robyn Ramseyer, athletic assistant, said that Physical Day also encompasses different life skills such as planning ahead, being organized, and encouraging students to participate in school activities.
“It’s all about the kids, getting them involved, staying healthy, and then having them finding out what we have to offer,” she said. “I love the part about meeting the new families.”
Students who participate in Physical Day will also get a tour around Mountain Pointe’s various facilities such as the training area, the fitness center, front office, and the gym.
“When they return in July for boot camp, they already know where these areas are at… so it all blends in to make a positive experience,” Ramseyer said.
“Every athlete in Arizona, before they participate in sports, has to have a sports physical. It’s a way for us to get a bunch of our kids to meet those requirements without them having go to 100 different places,” said Jess Pierce, athletic trainer. “It’s with our team doctors and our team athletic trainers… it’s a nice way to get our kids through and we know that they are done.”
During Physical Day, a blood drive and swab drive will be on site in front of the school for anyone interested in donating blood and being involved with bone-marrow registry.
The blood drive and swab drive is open to parents, students and community members who are at least 16 years old and have their minor-donor card signed by their guardians.
The 23rd Annual Physical Day will take place this Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon inside Mountain Pointe’s auxiliary gym, 4201 E. Knox Road.
Student athletes are encouraged to stop in during the time frame set for their sport: spring sports will be from 8 to 9:15 a.m., fall sports from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m., and winter sports from 10:45 a.m. to noon.
Physicals cost $25 and are payable by checks made to Sports Health Partnership.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Mountain Pointe Sports Medicine program.
Physical packets are available at the school or online, at www.mphspride.com.
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