Friday night clinic opens to treat high school athletes' injuries

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 5:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 30, 2011

COLUMBIA – A Friday night clinic for high school athletes has opened at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute.

Bob Schaal, manager of physical rehabilitation services at the clinic, said it is starting to get the word out to area high schools.

The clinic is scheduled for Fridays to coincide with high school games, Schaal said.

The clinic, referred to as "Friday Night Lights," is set up to provide specialized treatment to athletes. It is centered around football season but is open to all high school athletes. The clinic will treat injuries that occur in a game or in practice.

It can be an alternative to the emergency room or waiting to see a doctor Monday morning.

A number of specialists will be on staff, including physicians, pharmacists, radiologists and physical therapists.  

The clinic is inside the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, 1100 Virginia Ave., on the second floor. Information and directions can be found on the MU Health website.

The clinic will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. every Friday until Nov. 18.

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