Daemen PA, PT, Athletic Training Students to Provide Physicals for Buffalo South Park High School Athletes

Collaboration Between Daemen College and Buffalo Public Schools will Benefit Everyone Involved

February 24, 2012



Contact:  Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                Daemen College




               Daemen College and Buffalo Public Schools have signed an agreement allowing Daemen students from the College’s Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies Programs to provide physicals for athletes and other students attending South Park High School. The physicals are expected to begin by late February.  


Daemen full-time students who are enrolled in the three health care programs, and who are interested in providing physicals to South Park High School students, will be assigned by the College for four to eight hours per week during the spring 2012 academic semester.  All physicals will be performed in private examination rooms in South Park High School.


The Daemen health care students will be under the direct supervision of Daemen College faculty members who are licensed and certified to provide patient care services in the State of New York. The College will provide medical services under the supervision of the Physician Assistant Department Medical Director, or his or her designee. This agreement is in effect for the remainder of the 2011-2012 academic year at Daemen College.


“This collaboration between Daemen College and Buffalo Public Schools will benefit everyone involved,” noted Cheryl Bird, Executive Director of the Daemen Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. “We offer programs in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies, and the City of Buffalo has an interest in the development of a program to provide comprehensive, pre-participatory sports clearance examinations to high school students who have limited or no access to primary care medical services. We are very pleased to bring this opportunity to students at South Park High School.”   


According to the NYS Education Department 2009-10 Report Cards (the most recent data available), of approximately 700 students enrolled at South Park High School (grades 9-12) 88 percent are economically disadvantaged. In 2009-10, 118 (14 percent) of South Park High  students dropped out, resulting in a 49 percent graduation rate. Additionally, only 15 percent of South Park students who graduated in 2010 indicated that they had plans to continue on to a four-year college.


Daemen health care faculty members will provide program coordination and patient care services. The College will develop, organize, and implement a pre-participatory sports clearance program in accordance with accepted standards of medical practice.


Additionally, Daemen College health care faculty will notify South Park High School and Buffalo Public Schools officials if, upon examination, student athletes require referral to a primary care or specialist for evaluation. Student athletes determined to require additional testing (e.g. PFT, EKG, echocardiogram) or referral to a specialist (e.g. orthopedic surgeon, ophthalmologist) will be required to obtain clearance from a primary care provider.


All South Park High School student athletes are strongly encouraged to complete the mandatory pre-participatory sports clearance examination through a primary care provider. Only student athletes unable to visit a primary care provider in a timely manner will be referred for the Daemen clinical examination program. Buffalo Public Schools will obtain permission from each student’s parent or legal guardian approving an examination by Daemen College health care students and faculty for the purpose of pre-participatory sports clearance.

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