McLeod Sports Medicine Offers Free High School Physicals to Local Athletes


McLeod Nurse Practitioner Wesley Jacobs examines an athlete during the McLeod Sports Medicine High School Physical Clinic.

McLeod Sports Medicine held their annual High School Physical Clinic at McLeod Family Medicine Center in Florence on Saturday, May 4, 2019. More than 600 physicals were performed at no cost for student athletes of schools that are contracted with McLeod Sports Medicine for Athletic Training Services.

Participating Schools included: Timmonsville High School, South Florence High School, Lamar High School, Hannah- Pamplico High School, The Kings Academy, Florence Christian School, Pee Dee Academy, Wilson High School, Johnsonville High School, Lake City High School, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate, Robert E. Lee Academy, Darlington High School, West Florence High School, Mullins High School, Dillon Christian School, Mayo High School, Marion High School, and Conway Christian School.

A pre-participation physical is necessary to review an athlete’s medical history, overall health, and rule out any major health concerns such as cardiac or blood pressure abnormalities, sickle cell disease and others. The physical must be completed prior to the start of the sport season to ensure the athlete is safe for the stresses of athletic participation.

Conducting the physicals were physicians and medical professionals from McLeod Family Medicine Center, McLeod Family Medicine Residency Program, McLeod Emergency Department, McLeod Hospitalist Program, and McLeod Orthopaedics. Many McLeod nurses also assisted with height, weight, vision, and blood pressures. In addition, McLeod Sports Medicine partnered with McLeod Nutrition Services for nutrition counseling and the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease testing.