EAU CLAIRE — Injured athletes can receive immediate diagnosis and treatment during Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinics at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Eau Claire and Menomonie this fall. Clinics are from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturdays from Aug. 13 through Oct. 15.

The walk-in clinics are specifically designed to help athletes injured during practices or events earlier in the week. A complete set of sports medicine professionals — ranging from physicians and nurses to athletic trainers and X-ray technologists — is assembled in one location to provide an immediate, one-stop source of care without an appointment. Athletes can receive X-rays, a physician examination and treatment plan in a single visit. In Eau Claire, same-day MRIs are also available.

“Nothing can be more frustrating to an athlete than to be hurt and out of commission,” said Kurt Jacobson, licensed athletic trainer. “Through the Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinic, athletes can quickly access an entire team of medical specialists who are trained in getting them back into the game.”

Common injuries seen include sprains, fractures, and shoulder and knee strains. Saturday clinics are not for concussion screenings or evaluations.

Fees apply at each location, and insurance will be billed. Parental consent is required before any treatment.

Visits to Mayo Clinic Health System—Red Cedar, 2321 Stout Road in Menomonie, are walk-in only.

Appointments can be made for visits in Eau Claire, 1400 Bellinger St., Orthopedics Center, fourth floor, beginning at 8:45 a.m. the day of the clinic by calling 715-838-6363. Athletes also can walk in for treatment.

Don’t let an injury wait, Jacobson says.

“Oftentimes, the sooner an injury is diagnosed and treated, the sooner an athlete can resume his or her activity,” Jacobson said.

For more information about sports medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org.

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