High School Athletic Physical Program Screens Student Athletes

May 12, 2016

Each year WK Sports Medicine offers free physical exams for high school athletes and eighth-grade student athletes entering high school in the fall. These exams were provided by 20 doctors from Willis-Knighton Health System and LSU Health Shreveport as well as 15 physical therapists, 10 athletic trainers and students from the Physical Therapy Assistant program at Bossier Parish Community College.

This year’s annual screening on May 7 attracted more than 800 students. WK sports medicine-affiliated schools participating were Benton, Airline, Minden, Byrd, Green Oaks, Southwood, Northwood, Fair Park, BTW, Calvary, Magnet, and Woodlawn high schools. The event was organized by WK physical therapists Amy Sudduth and Key Fincher. 

“This program provides value to the schools, to the student athletes and to the parents of the students,” said Sudduth, assistant director of the Willis-Knighton Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute. “Working closely with the coaches, our staff and community resources, we are able to efficiently and effectively provide a meaningful physical to each of these young athletes at no cost to the school or their parents.” 

Sudduth indicates that college and university physicals are performed in the fall by WK Sports Medicine to accommodate the incoming student athletes. WK Sports Medicine performs these physicals for LSU Shreveport, Bossier Parish Community College and Centenary College.