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Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program Offers Free Screenings

Physicians, Nurses, and Other Volunteers Offer Expertise

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012


Saturday, August 4, 2012, and Saturday, August 11, 2012, nearly 500 volunteers, including 85 volunteer physicians, provided free health screenings for approximately 1,500 local middle school and high school student-athletes in preparation for the upcoming school year.

Screenings for middle school girls and high school boys and girls took place on August 4. Screenings for middle school boys on August 11, both at Nemours Children’s Clinic.

For 28 years, these screenings have been hosted by the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) and its volunteers, which included pediatricians, family practice physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, cardiologists and pulmonologists, pediatric nurses, clinical dietitians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and rehabilitation specialists from multiple organizations in the community.

Organizations assisting with the effort are Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation, Duval County Public Schools, and Duval County Medical Society. Event partners include Maggiano’s Little Italy, BJs Wholesale Club, and Chick fil A.

Screenings, which are scheduled in advance by the Duval County Public Schools, along with local private schools, will be conducted at multiple stations. Student-athletes will have their height and weight measured, along with a blood pressure screening, nutritional counseling, a body fat analysis, a body systems screening, orthopedic assessment, and vision screening by the Lion’s Club. The Community Asthma Partnership will screen kids at risk for asthma, and pediatric cardiologists from the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville and Wolfson Children’s Hospital are available to screen for potential cardiac issues.

Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Lucie, MD, who serves as president of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and has been participating in the local student-athlete screenings since they began in 1984

“Our goal at the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program is to prevent injuries and a preparticipation screening is the first step in this process," Lucie said. "These comprehensive examinations are sports-oriented and are conducted by physicians and health care professionals who represent a number of specialties and who are interested in the health and well-being of our local student-athletes.”

To date, the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, through the support of many participating physicians and healthcare professionals, have screened close to 50,000 student-athletes, with more than 40 schools participating.

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About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.