TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Student athletes from around Mississippi went to North Mississippi Medical Center Saturday to get their injuries checked out for free.
Mason Winders plays tight end for Tupelo High School’s football team. Mason said another player ran into his shoulder during Friday’s game.
He said he’s happy he can go to the center when he has an injury.
“They know what to do whenever you have a certain injury they know how to prep and get back on the field as soon as possible,” he said.
Director of the Sports Medical Program, Walt Wilkins, said a technician gets an x-ray of the injury first. Then, an orthopedic doctor evaluates it. After, an athletic trainer comes up with a return to play plan.
“They can come in and get some answers the next day instead of worrying if it’s a knee injury or a fracture," he said.
Wilkins said since 1996, the sports program hosts the injury clinic every Saturday in the Fall.
As for Mason, the physician said he has a mild separated shoulder. An athletic trainer is working on a plan to get him safely back on the field.