There are two opportunities this month in Ravalli County to get your high school or middle school athlete all checked up with a unique Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital program.

The annual Sports Physicals checkups will be Thursday, August 3, and Wednesday, August 9, at the hospital's Rehabilitation Center, 1200 Westwood Drive in Hamilton.

Amy James-Linton of the hospital said the all valley high school and middle school physicals are open to males and females from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each evening. Parents must accompany their children and sports physical registration forms must be filled out before the checkups can begin. Those forms are available from coaches, doctors and at the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital website.

The unique part of program - each child's checkup costs $25. All of that money is donated back to the individual student's school. For instance, a Corvallis High School student's fee will go back to the Corvallis athletic department. The same is true for a Hamilton Middle School student - the $25 goes to the middle school athletic department. By the way, cash or check only, and payment must be made at the time of the visit.

The hospital doctors and staff are donating their time in this program. The physicals will be good for the entire school year. Students with chronic problems should be seen by their primary care provider.

If you need more information, the hospital phone number is 363-2211.