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Sioux City Bandits get ready for the upcoming season

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

Every year the Sioux City Bandits get up, bright and early on a Saturday and get their yearly physical.  

This year physicians from Tri-State Specialists and Mercy Singing Hills stepped in to make sure players are ready to step out on the field. 

The head coach said with a limited roster it's important to have everyone ready to go. 

"We need these guys as healthy as can be. So it's very important for us to know going into camp these guys are healthy and available for us," said Sioux City Bandits Head Coach Erv Strohbeen.

Doctors did a standard checkup of the players and went through their medical history. 

Doctors said the physicals are all about avoiding injuries during the season.

"We try to identify findings that could give us a clue in either bracing or preventative measures that we can do like taping around the ankle that may aid in preventing these injuries," said Dr. Aaron Althaus, Tri-State Specialists Physician.

As for the players, they understand how crucial it is to get these yearly physicals. 

"This process is pretty valuable to make sure everybody in the best condition possible in terms of their preexisting conditions or old injuries that need to be taken care of," said Rahn Franklin, Bandits Free Safety. 

And after receiving the green light from the doctors, the Bandits turn their focus to the season's schedule

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