Sports clinic ready for the fall season

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MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Hard to believe, but the fall sports season is already upon us & Mayo Clinic Health System is back with Saturday morning Sports Clinics at its Eau Claire and Menomonie locations. The “goal” is to get athletes who’ve been injured during the week – either in practices or during competition – to get “Off the Sidelines & Back Into the Game” as quickly, and as safely, as possible. Dr. Paul McNally, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar in Menomonie sat down with Hello Wisconsin to answer a few questions.

So, why is it important to have Clinics on Saturdays? Dr. Paul says, "A lot of kids get injured during the week, or during the Friday night game. Also, don’t WAIT & assume the athlete will “bounce back” or “shake it off”. Early intervention and diagnosis can prevent further injury/start treatment options sooner. Kids work hard, hate to be sidelined – help get them back “into the game” sooner."

And, what are some common injuries you see? Dr. Paul says, "Athletes often train year-round now, regardless of the sport and they see a lot of overuse injuries. ACL tears are popular and are 4 to 6 times more common in girls than boys. Ankle sprains, shoulder/elbow injuries, hand sprains/fractures are also common."

Here's more info on the clinics;
"Sat. Morning Sports Injury Clinics/Mayo Clinic Health System"
• Eau Claire/Luther Campus – Eau Claire 715.838.MEND (6363). Walk-ins WELCOME, or can call for appointment beginning at 8:45 a.m.
• Menomonie/Red Cedar – walk-ins only. Call 715.235.5531 for information
• 9-10am, Saturdays, Aug. 13 - Oct. 15
• Fees apply/insurance billed
• Available to all high school athletes/boys & girls