Over 100 athletes get physicals completed

Posted By | May 21, 2009 12:00 am

Blood pressure check. Three of the school nurses (l to r), Teresa Phillips, Judy Guth and Delena Nash check the blood pressure of athletes, Devon Davidson, Marissa Holland and Chelsea Holland. Physicals were completed on 114 student athletes Tuesday evening.

Lined up in the halls. Brandon Smartt (ATC, L) gives instructions to the girls lined up in the halls of WCHS awaiting the final stop during their physicals. Smartt, who is employed by White County Community Hospital, organized the physicals in conjunction with local doctors.

For approximately an hour and a half on Tuesday evening, the halls of White County High School were converted from the passageways of a learning institution to a medical clinic.
White County Community Hospital, several doctors, coaches and other volunteers teamed up to provide the physicals required by all high school athletes at a discounted rate for the 2009-10 school year. The hospital’s certified athletic trainer, Brandon Smartt, organized and oversaw the volunteer crew that performed 114 physicals. The event not only helped the athletes get their physicals out of the way before the summer training sessions begin, but also helped them to save the athletes’ families quite a bit of money as each athlete paid only $10. All those funds will be used to provide new equipment for the training room.
The athletes began with a vision check and by the time they handed in their form at the end of the line, they had the necessary forms filled out and completed to enable them to compete in sports at the high school level. Athletes at the high school level are required by the TSSAA to have a physical completed after May 1st for each following school year.
Six doctors volunteered their time to help with the physicals. They were Chad Griffin, Ty Webb, John Thompson, Alan Drake, Ahmad Rashid and Chris Rayala. Also assisting were Cameron Heady, physician’s assistant, and nurse practitioner, Anna Benningfield, in addition to school nurses, Teresa Phillips, Judy Guth and Delena Nash.
Several members of the WCHS coaching staffs also assisted. Those were Rebecca Beaty, Katy Pinion, Jairus Butler, Montuka Murray, Kirsty Young, Dave Bruce, Eric Mitchell, Chad Pittman, Lisa Smith and Ken Craig. WCHS athletic director, Terry Crain, also helped with the event.
Other volunteers included Kim Sims, Sarah Pittman and Krystal Pike.
With the help of Brandon Smartt, the local hospital, doctors and others who volunteered their expertise and time, the athletes can now get down to the business of getting ready for the 2009-10 sports year.

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