Sacred Heart offers free physicals

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, in Port St. Joe, will conduct free physicals for all middle school and high school boys and girls at the Franklin County High School gymnasium from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. The physicals are open to students at all schools in Franklin County.

The free screenings will be administered by specialists including Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic staff and Sacred Heart physical therapists, nurses and physicians. Screenings include blood pressure, heart rate, posture, range of motion, flexibility and balance.

Students should check with Athletic Director Michael Sweatt at 670-2800 ext. 1924 for details or any questions. Additionally, students and parents must complete medical history and permission forms prior to participating in the athletic screening. These forms are available through school coaches or Sacred Heart’s Apalachicola office. Student athletes should wear shorts, t-shirts, and athletic shoes for their visit.

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Weems offers free physicals

Weems Memorial Hospital’s two clinics will offer free physicals Monday through Thursday, Aug. 26-29 for all students in all county schools.

On Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 26-28, Weems Medical Center East in Carrabelle will offer physicals from 4 to 6 p.m. On Monday-Thursday, Aug. 26-29, they will offer them at the Weems Medical Center West in Apalachicola from 4 to 6 p.m.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. physicals will be at the Franklin County High School multipurpose gymnasium. On Friday, Aug. 30, beginning at noon, nurse practitioner Dana Whaley and Weems staff will be at the high gymnasium to perform throughout the school day.

“The ultimate goal is to get every student-athlete a physical so we don't have to worry about it during any sports season. If your child even thinks they might play a sport they have to have a physical first before they can even participate in an offseason workout or tryout,” Sweatt said.