May 26, 2013

Sports physicals program reaches hundreds locally

Submitted by Hamilton Health Care System

— Ten physicians, three nurse practitioners and a physician assistant recently volunteered their time to provide sports physicals to local youth athletes. More than 30 Bradley Wellness Center associates also helped with the event.

The medical professionals provided sports screening physicals — which involved checks on vital signs, height, weight and vision, as well as a review of a comprehensive medical questionnaire — to students from schools in Murray and Whitfield counties on May 9 at Bradley Wellness Center. Hundreds of local students receive free sports physicals every year through the program, and more than 550 received the physicals this year.

Participating medical professionals were: nurse practitioner Pam Abernathy, Dr. Ezad Ahmad, nurse practitioner Kasie Barrett, echo tech Donna Bell, Dr. Eric Calfee, Dr. Laura Conger, Dr. David Dinges, Dr. Mitch Frix, physician assistant David Langlois, Dr. Jim Lashley, echo tech Tammy Lawhorn, nurse practitioner Rod Lewis, Dr. Gary Olson, Dr. Michel Paré, Dr. Craig Tidwell and Dr. Mike Wilson.

Hamilton Sports Medicine, a program provided by Hamilton Medical Center, coordinated the event with the high schools. Hamilton Sports Medicine’s certified athletic trainers who participated in the event included: Ryan Bonanno, Crystal Clark, Tony Mathis, Joe Ogden, Kadaysha Pickens, Stephanie Rynas, Corey Stansifer and Stephanie Wise.

Hamilton Sports Medicine provides athletic trainers for outreach athletic assistance at high schools in Gordon, Murray and Whitfield counties. As part of the program, an athletic trainer is on site at local high school, professional and community sports events. The Hamilton Sports Medicine staff includes certified athletic trainers who are trained in care and prevention of athletic injuries.

Bradley Wellness Center associates who assisted with the event included: Omar Albaba, Emily Andrews, Laura Barnes, Pat Chenard, Tori Clemmons, Shannon Coley, Jean Cox, Brooke DeLoach, Jessica Gowin, Ricky Harrison, Christy Houston, Emily Hurlbut, Pam Keeter, Holly Kimsey, Cindy Little, Shalisa Love, Tom Morrison, Kevin Roberts, Melissa Russell, Andrea Springfield, Ben Werling, Michael Williams and Tammy Wilson.