North Oaks Sports Medicine’s Twenty-sixth Annual Physical Day provided free physical examinations
to 938 student-athletes from 27 Tangipahoa parish schools on April 29.
The Seventh Annual Physical Day for Livingston Parish student-athletes
will take place Saturday, May 20 at the North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex.
North Oaks sponsors both annual events to help junior high and high school
students and their families fulfill Louisiana High School Athletic Association
requirements for participation in athletic programs.
Incoming Hammond High Magnet School head football coach Steve Jones accompanied
his team to Physical Day on the North Oaks Medical Center campus.
“(Physical Day) is great,” Jones observes. “It saves
us a lot of headache having all of our student-athlete’s physicals
done at one location.”
Eric Wells of Hammond, whose son Ethan Wells is a kicker for the Tornadoes, agrees.
“It’s great to be able to get a free physical for my son. North
Oaks Sports Medicine has an excellent staff and does a great job of looking
the players over.”
Parent and Hammond High Magnet School teacher Guillermo Tiffer adds, “I
definitely love the fact that our hospital backs up our schools. As a
parent, being here and meeting other parents is a good opportunity too.”
This year, the volunteer effort was made possible by 22 physicians and
nurse practitioners, coupled with nearly 100 employees and certified athletic
trainers from North Oaks, and athletic training students Southeastern
Area physicians who volunteered to make North Oaks Sports Medicine Physical
Day possible are: Drs. Greg Allen, Dong Cho, Tony Dennis, Jherie Ducombs,
Mark Haile, Richard Grisoli, Brian Ladner, Julie Larson, Dottie Lewis,
Alyssa Lyon, Nancy Mellin, Katy Morris (pictured with Dane Schmitt, a
soccer player at St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School), Stacy
Newman, Jacques Peltier, Sidney St. Amant, Robert Smith and Socrates Zapata;
as well as Nurse Practitioners Lexie Dominguez, Lane Newman, Melissa Varnado
and Mike Whittington.
Schools participating in North Oaks Sports Medicine Physical Day this year
include: Amite High School, Amite Westside Middle School, Champ Cooper
Elementary School, Greenville Park Leadership Academy, Hammond High Magnet
School, Hammond Eastside Magnet School, Hammond Westside Montessori, Holy
Ghost Catholic School, Independence High School, Independence Middle School,
Independence Leadership Academy, Jewel Sumner High School, Jewel Sumner
Middle School, Kentwood High School, Loranger High School, Loranger Middle
School, Mater Dolorosa Catholic School, Natalbany Middle School, Nesom
Middle School, O.W. Dillon Leadership Academy, Ponchatoula High School,
Ponchatoula Junior High School, St. Joseph Catholic School, St. Thomas
Aquinas Regional Catholic High School, Southeastern Louisiana University
Laboratory School, Trafton Academy, and Woodland Park Magnet School.
The free physical screenings offered annually in both Tangipahoa and Livingston
parishes are just one benefit of enrollment in the North Oaks Sports Medicine Program.
North Oaks Rehabilitation Services Director Mac Barrient notes that students enrolled in the program who are
injured at school-sponsored athletic events are eligible to receive preferential
treatment and rehabilitation at North Oaks facilities.
Other program features include: injury prevention and athletic ability
enhancement education for athletes and coaches; and athletic trainer coverage
at many school-sponsored sporting events and practices. Saturday morning
clinics are held during football season with access to an
orthopaedist, and a free athletic training clinic also is offered.
For more information on North Oaks Sports Medicine and program enrollment
criteria, call (985) 230-5248.