Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center recently wrapped up its third-annual sports physicals event, which provided more than 600 high school student athletes in the region sports physicals for the upcoming school year at no cost.
“In order to compete in high school athletics, these students are required to complete a pre-participation sports physical exam,” said Katie Terrell, an athletic trainer at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center who helped to coordinate the event. “We are delighted to volunteer our time once again to ensure these students completed this important state requirement.”
During the physicals, student athletes received a screening of height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure and eyes. They then also received an orthopedic screening and spent some time with one of our physicians.
The sports physicals are a requirement of the Georgia High School Athletic Association (GHSA) and aim to identify student athletes who may be at higher risk for injuries or other health conditions prior to competing.
Understanding that there were hundreds of student athletes in the area who required their sports physical exams, Terrell says her team wanted to lend a hand to their community. Providers from Piedmont Athens Regional’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program volunteered their time to complete the exams each week, as well as other volunteers from the hospital.
“These students work so hard throughout the school year. We really wanted to pitch in and help these kids succeed,” Terrell said.
Schools involved in the hospital’s sports physicals event included 10 high schools in the area, all of which partner with the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program for athletic training and other sports medicine services.
Piedmont Athens Regional’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program, which first opened the doors of its new 24,000-square-foot facility located on the hospital’s Oconee Health Campus in October 2019, provides advanced orthopedic care and surgical services, as well as care for all sports-related injuries. The new building also houses Piedmont Athens Regional’s rehabilitation services and includes an outdoor rehabilitation space.
For more information about Piedmont Athens Regional’s Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program, visit Sports Orthopedic Care l Piedmont Healthcare Orthopedics l Atlanta, GA.
SOURCE: Piedmont Healthcare