Athletes who get hurt playing a Friday night sport now have a new option for immediate healthcare: After the Lights, a Friday night clinic offered at Liberty Hospital Urgent Care Shoal Creek, 8300 N. Church Road, across from Liberty Walmart.
The only clinic of its kind in the Northland, After the Lights is offered 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. every Friday night Aug. 19 through Oct. 21. Injured athletes may see a physician - without going through an emergency room or waiting until Monday; an orthopedic surgeon also will be available. No appointments necessary.
While the focus is on football injuries, After the Lights is open to all athletes, who participate in any sport or activity who are injured on a Friday night. This includes cheerleading, dance, marching band, soccer, baseball/softball, volleyball and more.
Digital X-ray services are available at the clinic, and, if needed, an MRI can be performed at Liberty Hospital.
Not only does the athlete receive care the same night of the injury, but he or she also will leave the clinic with a plan for recovery, according to Sharla Leon, MS, SLP-CCC, Director of Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine.
“We can start the recovery process sooner by fast-tracking athletes who come to After the Lights clinic,” she said. “We can fit them with crutches or knee braces, if necessary, and when they leave, they will know what follow-up is needed.”
Michael Justice, D.O., medical director of After the Lights and orthopedic surgeon at OSI, provides sideline coverage during a Liberty High School football game.
“It’s a nice option for families to be able to bypass the emergency room and see someone who has the ability and training to manage an athlete’s injury" -Michael Justice, D.O., medical director for the Friday night clinic