COSHOCTON -- As students begin to plan for summer and fall sports activities, selected Coshocton Hospital Medical Providers have joined to offer sports physicals required by The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) to help determine the student's eligibility to participate in school-sponsored activities.

The physicals are being offered from now through Friday, June 28 at a cost of $10, payable by cash or by check made payable to the student's school.

All proceeds will be donated to the schools to benefit athletic programs.

The sports physicals can be scheduled with a licensed medical practitioner by calling the hospital-based clinics including Family Physicians Clinic and the Orthopaedic Clinic in Coshocton; Arrowhead Clinic in Newcomerstown; and Dresden Clinic in Dresden.

When students arrive for their appointments, they must bring the approved, completed and signed OHSAA form to the exam; the form can by printed from the OHSAA web site at www.ohsaa.org.

The form requires detailed information regarding the student's history as well as authorizations required by OHSAA, so parents should be aware the form will take time to complete in advance of the appointment.

The form must be completed and signed by a parent if the child if a minor. If the questionnaire has not been completed at the time of the visit, the appointment will be re-scheduled.

Sports physicals are a requirement for participation in school-sponsored athletic programs and the physicians and practitioners will complete the sports physical according to the OHSAA requirements; no other physicals will be completed during this visit.

Any medical issues discovered at the visit will be re-evaluated at a regularly scheduled appointment.

Sports physicals are available by appointment now through Friday, June 28 from these providers at the following hospital-based clinic locations:

Coshocton Hospital Family Physicians Clinic, 440 Brown's Lane, Coshocton, 740-622-0332 by Cesareo "Dr. Bob" Tongco, MD; Fred Corder, PA-C; or Kori Latham, CNP.

Coshocton Hospital Orthopaedic Clinic, 311 S. 15th St., Suite 206, Coshocton, 740-622-1200 by Mark A. Holt, MD.

Coshocton Hospital Arrowhead Clinic, 6307 E. State St., Newcomerstown, 498-5515 by Lucy Milliken, CNP.

Coshocton Hospital Dresden Clinic, 101 Dave Longaberger Ave., Dresden, 740-754-1041 by Jeff Hamilton, DO.