North Oaks Sports Medicine screened nearly 1,300 student-athletes from Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes during its annual Physical Days held during April and May.

The free screenings saved local families a total of nearly $100,000, a news release said.

The goal of Physical Days is to assist junior high and high school students and their families fulfill Louisiana High School Athletic Association requirements for participation in school athletic programs, the release said.

Volunteers included 28 physicians and nurse practitioners, along with 200 employees, certified athletic trainers and athletic training students from North Oaks and Southeastern Louisiana University.

Participating physicians were Drs. Greg Allen, Brandi Basso, Gayle Beyl, Francis Donner Jr., Jherie Ducombs, Richard Foster, Elizabeth Fritz, Carl Gauthier, Jeffrey LaCour, Brian Ladner, Brad Lake, Robert McAfee, Gary Mall, Katy Morris, Stacy Newman, April Sandifer, Robert Smith, Rebecca Soine and Socrates Zapata, along with nurse practitioners Jodee Bernier, Michelle Civello, Shawn Dearie, Alexis Dominguez, Zandi Hudspeth, April McIntyre, Kaila Smith, Mike Whittington and Leslie Wood.

“To be able to get nearly 1,000 student-athletes from multiple schools screened in such a short amount of time takes an incredible amount of organization,” Ponchatoula High School head football coach Hank Tierney said.