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School Sports Physicals are Coming Up

As the summer sports season looms, would-be student athletes have an exam to pass: their physicals.

This exam should not be taken lightly, says Jason Brackins PA(C), physician’s assistant at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

As youthful minds turn to soccer, baseball and softball, school coaches need to know of players’ potential health problems before practices begin in earnest. TSAA rules demand that participating students at the high school level first have a sports physical.

There are two parts to sports physicals. First is a written health history for both child and parent to answer and sign. Without it, the student may miss out on playing the sport. Second is a top-to-toe physical exam by a medical provider.

“We try to uncover potential harms to the children,” Jason said.

“It’s important to be honest” and not omit health problems on the written form, Jason said. Parents should understand that by signing they are taking on liability for the accuracy of the report.

“Sports physicals can’t always ID problems,”  he explained. While a physical exam may pick up some issues, others may not be obvious at the time. For example, swimming may not be the right sport for a child with a seizure disorder.

It’s also important that parents and student athlete inform the medical provider about all medications he or she is taking. For an asthmatic, “before you go running, make sure you have your inhaler in hand.”

Another factor : “If your child is under the care of a specialist, notes from the specialist should be given to the person doing the physical.”

Jason and other medical providers conduct sports physicals at Mountain Hope, which usually incur a small fee. Some local schools offer free physicals on a particular day, when local health providers conduct the exams on a volunteer basis at the school. Jason himself has taken part in these.

Would-be student athletes should ask their coaches or athletic directors about the date of free school physicals, he said.

The exams are good for one year. After that, another exam is necessary.

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10-year-old Collects Coins for Coughs

A 10-year-old boy has collected $182.44 from his school class to donate as Coins for Coughs to Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

Mark James Howard of Kodak is part of 4-H. He is the service chairman for his club, which comprises Mrs. Benson’s fourth grade class at Catlettsburg Elementary School.  The class has 21 students.

Glenn Turner of the University of Tennessee’s Extension Service gives students ideas of service projects that could be done. 4-H clubs are supposed to do a different service project each month. One idea was a dental hygiene drive for the Clinic. This is a popular idea as Mountain Hope is always in need of toothpaste, brushes and other dental supplies.

However, after consulting with Mountain Hope medical staff, Ashley Burnette, director of the Clinic’s fundraising arm, suggested that cough drops and cough syrup would be more fitting in January. Mark James asked the school for permission, but the school didn’t want to ask the students to bring in medicines. Instead, Mark James chose to do a Coins for Coughs fund drive and the Clinic would buy the cough medications with the proceeds.

Mrs. Benson supported the project and Mark James made up a flyer to hand out to all the kids. His classmates brought in coins and donated what was left from their concessions money.

“This was such a super project,” Burnette said. “We appreciate Mark James’s commitment to this project, and to the support that we get from Sevier County’s school 4-H clubs.”

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Mommy & Me with Team 22

On April 27th and 28th, award-winning Team 22 Studios is offering the public Mommy & Me mini photo sessions to benefit Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic!   Team 22 invites corporate and business sponsors to take part in this promotion to further benefit Mountain Hope.  Contact Team 22 Studios at 865.366.1213 to become a sponsor for this event or schedule your Mommy & Me Session. 

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Murder Planned for Fundraiser

There will be a dinner, an auction, music and a murder at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd’s Titanic fundraiser this year.

murder at the titanicSomeone will unexpectedly “die” during the course of the evening, and guests will have the opportunity of solving the mystery. Whodunit and why? Finding out will be part of the fun at the event set for Saturday, July 14, beginning at 6 p.m.

The setting for the event is the Titanic attraction in Pigeon Forge, itself spectacular. Guests will be wined and dined in the sumptuous dining room while trying to figure out clues. At the end of the evening they will gather for a toast and a photo on the Grand Staircase.

An auction and live music will keep guests entertained. If that’s not excitement enough, guests can opt in advance to play an active acting role in the murder mystery.

Tickets cost $250 each or $500 per couple. They are available from Ashley Burnette at Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. She can be contacted at 774-7684 or at Sponsorships are also available for businesses.