This year’s Northwestern State Bowling Tournament on Saturday, November 11 in Weston will feature more than 400 skilled SOWI bowlers tossing strikes throughout Dale’s Weston Lanes.
But the display of skill, technique and power down the lanes won’t be the only draw for the tournament. The tournament will also host MedFest, SOWI’s Healthy Athletes® screening program that provides free sports physical examinations for current and prospective SOWI athletes – even those not competing in the bowling tournament!
“MedFest provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to have their needed sports physical while at the same time both student and licensed healthcare providers have the opportunity to learn about the care for persons with intellectual disabilities.” – Dr. Michael Clark
All SOWI athletes must be examined by a physician or trained medical professional to compete in SOWI competitions. The free physical examinations at MedFest are conducted by volunteer medical professionals. The exams also provide a great opportunity for the volunteers to gain comfort and knowledge in working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately, 90% of primary care residency programs in the U.S. don’t offer training in caring for people with ID, and 81% of graduating medical students in the U.S. report not having received training in the care of people with ID.
“MedFest provides an excellent opportunity for athletes to have their needed sports physical while at the same time both student and licensed healthcare providers have the opportunity to learn about the care for persons with intellectual disabilities,” said Dr. Michael Clark, clinical director of MedFest.
Exams include medical history assessments; height and weight measurements; blood pressure, abdominal and musculoskeletal evaluation; and referral for follow-up care as needed. The MedFest exam also provides a great opportunity for athletes, parents and guardians to address questions and concerns in a welcoming and unintimidating environment.
“MedFest allows athletes and potential athletes to have their required sports physical in low stress environment while simultaneously receiving health information and a dental screening,” Dr. Clark said.
That’s right, this year athletes will also be able to receive a dental screening as Special Smiles is being offered along with MedFest.
There are 75 spots for MedFest exams and athletes will be assigned time slots on a first come, first served basis. Athletes do not have to be competing in the bowling tournament to participate in MedFest! Day-of walk-in participants will be accepted if space is still available but make sure to secure your spot at MedFest by contacting Melissa Schoenbrodt at (608) 442-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org now!