Medical professionals volunteer time to provide sports physicals - 2012

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

 BWC's Certified Athletic Trainers
 BWC's Certified Athletic Trainers

DALTON, Ga. – Twelve physicians, two nurse practitioners, a physician assistant and a nurse recently volunteered their time to provide sports physicals to local athletes.

Students from Whitfield and Murray counties showed up at Bradley Wellness Center (BWC) to get their physicals.

The medical professionals provided sports screening physicals, which involved checks on vital signs, height, weight and vision, as well as a review of a comprehensive medical questionnaire. Hundreds of local students receive free sports physicals every year through the program.

Participating medical professionals were Mitch Frix, MD; John Norman, MD; Michael Wilson, MD; James Lashley, MD; Pam Abernathy, nurse practitioner; David Langlois, physician assistant; Gary Olson, MD; Bates Bailey, MD; Joanne Whitehead, nurse practitioner; Rick Fromm, MD; Craig Tidwell, MD; Eric Calfee, MD; James Blackwell, MD; Conrad Easley, MD; Bryan Cheever, MD; and Jeri Fuller, nurse. BWC and Bradley Whiteside Rehabilitation associates also assisted with the event.

Hamilton Sports Medicine, a program provided by Hamilton Medical Center, coordinated the event with the high schools.

Hamilton Sports Medicine provides athletic trainers for outreach athletic assistance at local high schools in Whitfield, Murray and Gordon counties. As part of the program, an athletic trainer is on-sight at local high school, professional and community sports events. The Sports Medicine staff includes certified athletic trainers who are trained in care and prevention of athletic injuries.