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Orthopaedic Institute for Children Provides Free Physical Exams for Watts Bears Football Team Coached by LAPD


As part of its ongoing community outreach activities, the Orthopaedic
Institute for Children (OIC) hosted the Watts Bears football team on its
campus recently, providing free sports physical exams for this unique
team comprised of underprivileged youth in Watts and coached by members
of the Los Angeles Police Department. This marked the fourth year OIC
has provided this service.

Among the OIC healthcare professionals who donated their time for the
day were Associate Director of OIC's Center for Sports Medicine Jennifer
Beck, M.D.; Associate Director of Non-Operative Sports Medicine Joshua
Goldman, M.D.; Assistant Professor-in-Residence Nicholas Bernthal, M.D.;
and Nurse Practitioners Jennifer O'Neal and Sean Warnock.

Together, these providers conducted physical examinations – which
include orthopaedic, vision, vitals and an overall checkup – for more
than 60 young athletes in preparation for the start of their season. In
addition to the physicals, the athletes and their families had the
opportunity to enjoy breakfast, prizes, assorted giveaways and
activities led by Nike, the National Cartoonist Society and OIC

"OIC is honored to lend our support to these young athletes who are
developing lifetime skills that will help them create positive futures
for themselves and their families," said Dr. Beck. "The Watts Bears Pop
Warner football team is a program that provides a safe haven and
mentoring for kids living in public housing. We all have a
responsibility to do all that we can to help keep all children safe,
healthy and active."

OIC is home to Los Angeles' premier Center for Sports Medicine for
children. Its state-of-the-art facility is staffed by a specially
trained team of sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic
surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and
physical therapists all focused on helping each child return to his or
her sport activities as quickly and safely as possible with the shortest
possible recovery time.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los
Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal
conditions in children, OIC receives nearly 70,000 patient visits each
year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC
Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through
outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations
in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the
full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more
information, visit us at

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