MANSFIELD — The Midlothian Independent School District (MISD) Athletic Department is partnering with Methodist Mansfield Medical Center to offer $20 sports physicals to 1,000 middle and high school student athletes. Physicals will take place Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at Midlothian Heritage High School, located 4000 Farm-to-Market 1387 in Midlothian.

The hospital will also offer free, optional echocardiogram (echo) screenings at Heritage High School to the first 100 students to sign-up. An echocardiogram is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart to help detect abnormalities and/or other cardiovascular conditions that may affect student athletes.

The sports physicals and echocardiogram screenings will be performed by volunteer nurses, allied health professionals, and independently practicing physicians from Methodist Mansfield. Sports echos will be led by Alan Taylor, MD, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Methodist Mansfield. Jeff McDaniel, MD, will lead the team of physicians in performing the sports physicals.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our student-athletes to have a quality physical exam,” said Midlothian ISD Athletic Director Steve Keasler. “The generous donations of time and equipment mean many of our students will have access to comprehensive tests.”

“Our goal is to provide a quality UIL physical exam to ensure all of our athletes can compete safely,” said MISD athletic trainer Greg Goerig.

Parents of middle school and high school student athletes in Midlothian ISD who wish to participate in the echocardiogram screening must complete a medical history questionnaire and sign medical releases prior to the screening. The forms are available from MISD athletic directors or on the website athletics@misd.gs. Echocardiogram screenings will be offered on a first come, first served basis and will be conducted by appointment only by calling 682-242-6401. Parents must accompany their teens during this painless, non-invasive test.

The sports physical is not intended to replace a student’s regular physical exam with their primary care physician, but it will meet UIL requirements to medically clear students before they can participate in any organized sports activity. The echocardiogram procedure is a screening exam and does not rule out all heart-related causes of illness.