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Free health screening for local student-athletes

11:29 AM, Aug. 04, 2012 EDT

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Editor's Note: This news release was provied by Nemours.

Jacksonville, Fla. -- On Saturday, August 4, 2012, and Saturday, August 11, 2012, nearly 500 volunteers, including 85 volunteer physicians, will provide free health screenings for approximately 1,500 local middle school and high school student-athletes in preparation for the school year.

High school and middle school girls will be screened on August 4 at Wolfson Children's Hospital. High school boys will be screened on August 4 and middle school boys on August 11, both at Nemours Children's Clinic.

The screenings, which are being held for the 28th year in a row, are hosted by the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) and its volunteers, which include pediatricians, family practice physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, cardiologists and pulmonologists; pediatric nurses; clinical dietitians, athletic trainers; physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists from multiple organizations.

Organizations assisting with the effort are Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation, Duval County Public Schools, and Duval County Medical Society. Event partners include: Maggiano's Little Italy, BJs Wholesale Club and Chick fil A.

Screenings, which are scheduled in advance by the Duval County Public Schools, along with local private schools, will be conducted at multiple stations.

Student-athletes will have their height and weight measured, along with a blood pressure screening, nutritional counseling, a body fat analysis, a body systems screening, orthopedic assessment, and vision screening by the Lion's Club.

The Community Asthma Partnership will screen kids at risk for asthma and pediatric cardiologists from the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Wolfson Children's Hospital are available to screen for potential cardiac issues.

Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Lucie, MD, who serves as president of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and has been participating in the local student-athlete screenings since they began in 1984, says: "Our goal at the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program is to prevent injuries and a pre-participation screening is the first step in this process. These comprehensive examinations are sports-oriented and are conducted by physicians and health care professionals who represent a number of specialties and who are interested in the health and well-being of our local student-athletes."

To date, the Jacksonville Sports Medicine, through the support of many participating physicians and healthcare professionals, have screened close to 50,000 student-athletes, with more than 40 schools participating. For more information about JSMP, visit their website at www.jsmp.us <




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