Medical Society announces free 2017-2018 athletic pre-participation screening exams

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY— Each year, all North Carolina students who plan to participate in athletics or cheerleading must undergo a state-mandated screening examination. For many years, physicians in the New Hanover-Pender County Medical Society, in concert with the New Hanover County Health Department and New Hanover County Schools, have offered free screenings for New Hanover County athletes and cheerleaders at designated times.

Exams for the boys will be on Thursday, June 01, 2017. Girls’ exams will be on Thursday, June 08, 2017. Exams are at the New Hanover County Health Department at 2029 South 17th Street, Wilmington, NC 28401. These are the only free screening dates/times for 2017-2018 school sports:

Boys: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 1 Girls: 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8
Ashley HS Myrtle Grove MS Ashley HS Myrtle Grove MS
D. C. Virgo MS New Hanover HS D. C. Virgo MS New Hanover HS
Hoggard HS Noble MS Hoggard HS Noble MS
Holly Shelter MS Private Schools Holly Shelter MS Private Schools
Laney HS Roland Grise MS Laney HS Roland Grise MS
Murray MS Trask MS Murray MS Trask MS
Williston MS Williston MS

 

*Note: Boys may not be screened on girls’ night or girls on boys’ night.*

The waiting area for students is the Health Department’s parking lot facing 17th street in front of the Health Department Clinic building. After lining up at the entrance, students will be seen on a first come, first served basis, this year, instead of by school groups.

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 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, there are several methods of contact: the student’s school; the Medical Society’s Executive Director, Bonnie Brown at 910-790-5800; e-mailing MedicalSociety@NHPCMS.org; calling the NHC Schools Lead Athletic Trainer, Matthew Triche at 910-251-6100 ext. 270; and e-mailing matthew.triche@nhcs.net.

Please note that it is inappropriate to call the Health Department for information or to request copies of exam forms; completed forms are housed at the school that the athlete attends. Students may make a digital copy of his/her own form with a personal device at checkout, this is an additional benefit in 2017.

The Medical Society and Health Department physicians, staffs and administrations 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 on his/her sports health care team.”

-Content provided by New Hanover County Schools

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