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Common Winter Injury Prevention Tips

Winter weather can lead to more than just itchy, dry skin and flu season. Winter injuries are a real possibility for many people. A combination of poor traction and certain activities caused by snow and ice are a cause for concern for many people in snowy regions. 

However, once you learn about some common winter injuries, you can also prepare for them. Here are some common winter injuries and what you can do to help prevent them.

Image of a man shoveling snow. Read our tips on winter injury prevention.

Get Your Ohio Sports Physicals Early

Get your sports physicals early. Westshore has multiple locations with family physicians able to complete high school sports physicals. Image of boys high school soccer player from Hudson Ohio licensed CC BY 2.0

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) requires that all Ohio student-athletes are eligible, complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) form, and visit the doctor for a routine physical exam. 

So while you are relaxing this summer, make an appointment for your student to get this part of the process completed early. 


We list the four important steps in the process for your child to play sports in schools in Ohio.

How to Get Your Child’s Ohio School Sports Physical 

1. Make sure your student is eligible to play.

Go over the eligibility checklist for your student's school level: 

You’ll notice both checklists stress concussion education and awareness.  

Optional: Complete the Free Course on Concussions in Sports 

Required: Review and sign the Ohio Department of Health’s Concussion Information Sheet [PDF] 

For more information about eligibility, visit the OHSAA Student-Athlete Eligibility page 

2. Complete the pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) with your student online or on paper. 

Schools need health information about your student to evaluate his/her ability to participate in organized sports or physical education classes. The information will not be used for any other purpose unless you sign another authorization form permitting such additional use. 

Do you have questions about the OHSAA consent form? 

Check out the OHSAA Frequently Asked Questions for parents.


When completing the PPE, have the following information ready: 

  • Family medical history
  • Personal medical history
  • Immunizations/ Allergies/ Medications
  • Primary Health Insurance Information

Complete the PPE Online 

Follow these steps to complete your PrivIT Electronic Pre-Participation Evaluation (e-PPE). Learn more about PrivIT e-PPE

  1. Search for your school
  2. Register for an account 
  3. Complete the questionnaire 
  4. Print your documentation
  5. Complete physical exam

Or Complete the PPE on Paper

Print the Pre-Participation Physical Examination Form 2017-2018 [PDF] and complete the six-page questionnaire with your student prior to visiting the doctor for the physical exam. 

3. Make an appointment with your doctor for a physical exam.

4. Bring the completed PPE form with you to your physical exam. 

We wish you and your student-athlete a healthy, successful sports season! 

Don’t have a primary care or family physician? 

Westshore Primary Care has multiple locations and weekend hours. Call us today to schedule your sports physical appointment 440-892-6424. 


DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.


Photo Credit: "Hudson Soccer 2013” by K.M. Klemencic is licensed under CC BY 2.0

June is National Safety Month: Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

Since June is National Safety Month, we decided to focus on an area you can improve right now: bicycle safety

Whether it’s you or your child hitting the streets on two wheels this summer, keep these bicycle safety tips in mind. 

image of kids riding bikes

Before Riding

  • Check your equipment. 
    • Make sure your brakes work and your tires are inflated properly.
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit. 
    • If you stand over your bicycle there should be 1-2 inches between you and the top bar (road bike) or 3-4 inches (mountain bike). 
    • The seat should be level front to back and the height should allow a slight bend of the knee when the leg is fully extended. 
    • The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. 
  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.

Are your kids reluctant to wear their helmet?

Boston University made a great video that is entertaining and shares useful information. 

Warning: The song may get stuck in your head…[Video 1:34]



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Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, Sports Medicine Specialist

Meet Dr. Zenos Vangelos, D.O. 

Dr. Zenos Vangelos will bring his Sports Medicine Practice to the Westlake brand of Westshore Primary Care.

Semi-pro soccer player? Check. 

Team physician for the Cleveland Indians and US Soccer Federation? Check.

Seeing new patients for his new sports medicine practice at Westshore Primary Care? Check.

Dr. Zenos Vangelos brings a wealth of sports medicine experience, a passion for returning injured athletes back to the playing field, and a desire to train others in the field of sports medicine.

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