The doctors at Maryville Orthopaedic Clinic and the trainers and therapist at Blount Memorial Total Rehabilitation have seen examined and listened to a score of Blount athletes in high school gyms across the county and cities this month.
It’s Step 1 for the athletes as they prepare for the school year and high school athletics.
The doctors and professionals annually offer the physicals free of charge at the beginning of the school year as a service to parents and the schools. Physicals are required before students can compete for the schools.
Mary Dance, MOC site director, said the events are for athletes of all sports. “We go to each high school on different nights,” she said. “This year we did a total of 741 free sports physicals between all four high schools and Greenback, who come to William Blount High School for their free physicals night.”
Dance said primary care physicians and orthopedic doctors come from MOC and Blount Memorial Hospital Total Rehabilitation.
The MOC site director said the free physicals have been going on for 15 to 20 years and in the last two years they moved the physicals to the area high schools. “We used to do it together at Maryville College on one night, but we’ve been going to the high schools and we feel it works out better,” Dance said.
Dance said the doctors enjoy working with young people. “They love athletics, and it’s connected to our practice. We love getting everybody back to healthy lifestyles,” she said.
The MOC site director said the doctors have a fun time working with the athletes on the nights they go to do the physicals at area high school gyms. “It is loud in the gyms, and everyone seems to enjoy getting together - even for a physical. It is a fun service to be able to give to the students, parents and schools,” she said.
MOC also sponsors the Blount County Football Jamboree, which is Friday, Aug. 13, at William Blount High School.