Hospital for Special Surgery to Offer Free Pre-Season Health Screening for High School Football Players

Students will have access to a comprehensive medical screening by physicians who treat the NY Football Giants

New York, NY—May 20, 2016

The official hospital of the New York Football Giants is offering high school athletes a taste of the big leagues. Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has teamed up with PSAL, the Public Schools Athletic League, to offer a special pre-season physical exam, including strength and performance testing, to football players in public schools throughout the five boroughs.

The free health screening will take place on Saturday, June 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the James M. Benson Sports Rehabilitation Center and Tisch Sports Performance Center at HSS, 525 East 71st Street, first floor, NYC. It is open to all varsity and junior varsity football players, but pre-registration is required.

Medical clearance is mandatory for all NYC public high school students wishing to play football. "A complete physical is the first step to prevent a problem on the field by ensuring that a young athlete is fit enough to play a rigorous sport and has no underlying health problems," explains James J. Kinderknecht, MD, a primary care sports medicine physician and medical director of the PSAL Clinic at HSS. "The health screening enables us to meet a need in the community, and after football season starts we remain committed to providing these students with easy, reliable access to medical care at our PSAL clinic."

Teen athletes whose families cannot afford to pay for the required physical could be forced to forgo high school football. The HSS medical screening is open to all players, regardless of ability to pay.

"We go beyond the traditional physical by assessing students' muscle strength and flexibility to help with injury prevention," said John Cavanaugh, PT, ATC, SCS, clinical supervisor, HSS Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center. Cavanaugh expects about 200 students at the screening, now in its seventh year.

At the well-organized event, students go from station to station as primary care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, physician assistants, athletic trainers, and registered nurses take their medical history; perform balance/concussion management testing; check students' heart, lungs, blood pressure and vision; test strength and flexibility; assess their posture; and test lower extremity power via the broad jump.

Physicians will also check the young athletes for previous injuries, giving them advice on how to stay safe on the field and avoid future problems. They may be prescribed exercises or advised on icing, taping and bracing to prevent further injury.

Pre-registration is required and closes on June 1. Anyone who would like more information or to register is invited to email:




About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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