In its first three weeks, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center’s new Black and Blue Sports Injury Clinic has already seen 20 athletes.
“Sprains, fractions, lacerations, and concussions are the top four injuries our physicians have treated after the first three weekends,” said John Phillips, president of Methodist Mansfield Medical Center. “While injuries are unfortunate, we are grateful to help out athletes with a wide range of injuries.”
The clinic, which opened Sept. 2, was the result of Phillips’ close ties with area school districts. Phillips began conducting physicals on campus and at Methodist Mansfield Hospital for athletes attending Mansfield ISD, Midlothian ISD, and Arlington ISD schools.
He created the clinic to make receiving treatment convenient for athletes and their parents. He also offers care to adults, he said.
“Many clinics aren’t open on Saturday, making it hard for working parents to take their children to get treated,” Phillips said. “Parents can now bring in their kids on Saturday … without the hassle of taking off from work.”
The clinic is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and can treat anyone suffering from a sports-related injury. It conducts evaluations and treatments free of charge and bills additional tests like X-rays or follow-up visits to the individual’s insurance.
For now, Methodist Mansfield is only handling fall sports. It hopes to eventually serve athletes year-round and expand to treat all school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.