Free 2016-2017 School Year Athletic Pre-Participation Screening Exams Offered for New Hanover County Middle and High School Athletes and Cheerleaders May 4th Girls and May 12th Boys

By / Life on the Island / Monday, 04 April 2016 04:00

Each year, all North Carolina students who plan to participate in athletics or cheerleading must undergo a state-mandated screening examination.  Physicians in the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, in concert with New Hanover County Health Department and the school systems, have offered free screenings for New Hanover County athletes and cheerleaders at designated times  for many years. Exams for the Boys will be on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.  Girls’ exams will be Thursday, May 12, 2016. Exams are at the Health Department, 2029 South 17th Street.
The waiting area for students is the Health Department’s parking lot facing 17th street in front of the Health Department Clinic building.  The students from each school are called in, as a group, in the order listed. There is no need to arrive more than 15 minutes early.  Before beginning an examination, physicians are required to see the two-page medical history, emergency information, and parental permission forms which are available in the schools and at the Board of Education. These forms must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian before the exam is begun. Forms may also be downloaded at nhcs.k12.nc.us/ www.nhcs.k12.nc.us (Go to Parents > Athletics > Athletic Pre-Participation Form).  Rising ninth graders should list the high school that they will attend in the fall.
 If there are questions, contact the student’s school, the Medical Society’s Executive Director, Bonnie Brown (910-790-5800; E-mail: mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or the NHC Schools Lead Athletic Trainer, Matthew Triche (910- 251-6100 x 270; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Please note that it is inappropriate to call the Health Department for information.
 The Medical Society and Health Department physicians, staffs and administrations are pleased to be able to donate their time, expertise, and facilities to serve the community’s children – and their parents.  However, the volunteers unanimously caution, “Parents, please remember that athletic screening exams are just that.  Screenings.  Not complete physical check-ups.  It is important for junior high and high school students to have their own primary care physician and to develop a relationship of mutual respect and trust with him or her. Moreover, if there are known health concerns, it is absolutely imperative that the young person’s personal physician be onboard.”

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