Texas school allows chiropractors to give physicals after they complained

WFISD waffles on physicals by chiropractors » Times Record News.

In a flip-flop decision, the Wichita Falls Independent School District will recommend to board members Monday that chiropractors be allowed to give pre-sports physicals to junior high and high school students.

This comes after WFISD Athletic Director Kenny Catney recommended Aug. 21 to bar chiropractors from giving the exams because they had not been trained to diagnose cardiovascular risks.

In a work session Tuesday, Catney said he had discussed the policy with local chiropractors and now believed including them as providers would give parents more options.

So the chiropractors did not like being excluded from being allowed to perform medical exams. They are not medical doctors and the point about cardiovascular risks is a GOOD one considered many kids suffer from undiagnosed heart issues. This is not a smart move by the school but it IS parents’ choice. If they are not informed enough to choose an actual physician for primary medical care, I doubt the school is going to persuade them.

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  3 comments for “Texas school allows chiropractors to give physicals after they complained

  1. Jadawin
    October 11, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Well, yes. It does give them more options. The parents could also consult their local mechanic, but somehow I doubt they would, and I doubt the school district would include that option.

    The article does not mention that the parents complained of lack of options. I just wonder how the school district plans to wiggle out of the lawsuit when a student collapses from a sports-aggravated heart condition that the chiropractor did not notice, but that an MD might have. With the tendency to cast a wide net for defendants, especially if they might have deeper pockets than a single-chiropractor practice might, this is possibility. Fiscal responsibility should guide their decisions, since common sense clearly does not.

  2. Chris
    October 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    Cardiovascular risks for athletes is not a minor point, it is actually quite serious. Unknown heart conditions are the cause of sudden death among young athletes. Fortunately our son was diagnosed at age fourteen with one of the more common causes, obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (it is where a heart muscle grows abnormally, practically blocking a valve, like the aortic valve… which was removed by open heart surgery earlier this year).

  3. Chris
    October 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Looking at a local website I learned that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month:
    http://nickoftimefoundation.org/programs/screenings/

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