Champ Cooper Elementary School Basketball Coach Casper Jackson attended
North Oaks Health System’s 28th Annual Sports Medicine Physical Day early May 11 with five of his players before they competed
in a tournament an hour later.
“They got in quickly. I observed them (getting physicals) and it
was a thorough job,” Jackson shared. “I was very pleased.
When you combine good service with efficient service, it’s great!”
Champ Cooper was one of 31 schools throughout Tangipahoa and Livingston
parishes receiving free physicals for 1,187 student-athletes.
Nineteen doctors and eight nurse practitioners, along with 120 employees,
volunteered for the event on the North Oaks Medical Center campus.
In 1991, North Oaks began sponsoring Physical Day with the goal of helping
students fulfill Louisiana High School Athletic Association requirements
for participation in school athletic programs.
For the first time, Donna Sanchez brought her son, Trevor, a freshman football
player at Springfield High School, and agreed the event was efficiently run.
“We were finished in about 35 minutes,” she commented. “I
was surprised that he went through that quickly.”
Andrea Schembre, a Ponchatoula Junior High School cheerleader co-sponsor,
arrived at 7:30 a.m. But it was worth getting up early on a Saturday morning
to provide “everyone the opportunity to get a physical and to be
sure they participate in sports.”
Those who volunteered in the four-hour event included: Drs.
D’Antoni Dennis, Charles Ducombs,
Robert McAfee, Jaques Peltier, Robert Peltier,
Farhan Siddiqui, Drazen Sosic and
Jeff Witty; and Nurse Practitioners
Shahrzad Talebinejad,Leslie Wood and
The free physical screenings offered annually are just one benefit of enrollment
in the North Oaks Sports Medicine Program.
For more information, call (985) 230-5248.
Dr. Alyssa Lyon listens to Ponchatoula Junior High student Leya Charles.
Nurse Practitioner Jacob Neal takes the blood pressure of Walker High School
baseball player Camden Carver.
Dr. Brandon Cambre examines Holy Ghost student Aryan Kumar.