North Oaks Sports Medicine’s 26th 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 took place May 20 at the North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex.

North Oaks sponsors both 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 in Hammond.

“(Physical Day) is great,” Jones said. “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, agreed. “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.”

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 Louisiana University.

Area physicians who volunteered to make North Oaks Sports Medicine Physical Day possible are Greg Allen, Dong Cho, Tony Dennis, Jherie Ducombs, Mark Haile, Richard Grisoli, Brian Ladner, Julie Larson, Dottie Lewis, Alyssa Lyon, Nancy Mellin, Katy Morris, 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.

The free physical screenings are just one benefit of enrollment in the North Oaks Sports Medicine Program. Other features include preferential treatment and rehabilitation at North Oaks facilities, 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, call (985) 230-5248 or visit www.northoaks.org/sportsmedicine.