TOPS Goals

It is the mission of TOPS to promote the well being of high school and college student athletes by providing comprehensive physical screenings, free of chanrge, to all students participating in interscholastic athletics or allied activities.

  • To provide cardiac evaluation- every student to get an Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Provide onsite Echocardiograms to students as necessary
  • Provide health related educational materials
  • Provide educational opportunities for medical and other health professions students
  • Collect data for research, while protecting students’ privacy
  • Share the TOPS program with other communities and organzations

The free Team of Physicians for Students sports screenings for athletes from eighth grade through community college are very extensive. Among the items that participants will be checked for are the following:

  • Height/weight check
  • Ear, nose and throat examinations
  • Blood pressure check
  • Heart/lungs check
  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram (if indicated)
  • Range of motion testing
  • Flexibility testing
  • Neurological testing
  • Vision testing
  • Hernia check
  • Health Education
  • Oral exam

One Athletes Story

TOPS physicals have revealed numerous potential health problems for students. A TOPS screening in 2004 helped to save the life of Doug McWhorter, a high school junior whose coach mandated that he get his annual physical at the TOPS event. Doug remembers that he didn’t think a free screening could be very good and he wasn’t happy about having to attend. Then his testing came back abnormal and his world changed. William J. Rappoport, M.D., FACC, Arizona Heart Institute, was the volunteer cardiologist who evaluated Doug that day. “His ECG was grossly abnormal. We did an ECHO right there and found that he had Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

There were no murmurs and no positive features in his family history, so a normal physical would have missed it. Because it’s a genetic disorder, his entire family was screened. It was a good thing because both his father and brother were also diagnosed with HCM.” Now a 19-year-old college student, Doug and his affected family members received treatment for their condition. Doug says the TOPS physical was the best he ever had.

“As it turns out, the free physical I was so skeptical of ended up being the one I value most.”