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Free medical clinics for injured student athletes

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On a typical Saturday morning, Dr. David Chao and his staff will see about 10 athletes.

"(The clinics are) open to anyone, anyone who is hurt. And we hope every week no one shows up, but undoubtedly people get hurt playing sports," Chao said.

The clinics offer free x-rays and diagnosis for those who don't have insurance, and for those who have insurance but can't get in to see a doctor for a month.

"We are doing this to fill a need," he said.

It's a nonprofit operation that has provided $1.5 million in medical and surgical care over the last 13 years.

"He's just trying to help kids out, he doesn't care about the money. He's just trying to make kids get better for sports, make sure they're healthy," student athlete Dylan Helmholtz said.

It's open to any student athlete who is hurt.

"It's a got a cool vibe here. It's laid back, different than other doctors I've been to," student athlete Tanner Morgan said.

And whether they hear the words they long to hear, or the words they dread, they're getting a professional opinion at a price that can't be beat.

"It's fantastic for someone to reach out and help the younger kids and basically give back. It's fantastic for us," parent Matt Helmholtz said.

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