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2006 Press Releases
Pinellas County Student Athletes Prepare To Get In Game With Free Morton Plant Mease Health Care Sports Physicals

Cardiac Screenings Included In Comprehensive High School Physicals

CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 21, 2006) - Whether it's football, basketball, swimming or track - Pinellas County student athletes can be sure they're ready to participate in any sport during the next school year by first making sure they're in good health. On Saturday, May 6 and May 20, physicians, certified athletic trainers and physical therapists will provide free athletic physicals to area high school students.

The comprehensive physicals will include checks of height, weight, blood pressure, vision, lungs and a musculoskeletal exam. In addition, student athletes who attend the Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion event on the campus of Morton Plant Hospital and through the screening process are found to have an irregular heart condition such as a murmur, will be referred for a free cardiac screening. An electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram (an ultrasound of the heart) will be used to measure their heart rate and regularity of heartbeats.

Free athletic physicals will offered at the following dates, times and locations:

Saturday, May 6, 2006, 8:00 a.m. to noon, Ptak Orthopaedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater, FL

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 8:00 a.m. to noon, Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha Street, Palm Harbor, FL

Students from 14 high schools in Pinellas County have been invited to participate in this year's athletic physicals. They are: Calvary Christian High School, Clearwater High School, Clearwater Catholic High School, Countryside High School, Dixie Hollins High School, Dunedin High School, East Lake High School, Indian Rocks Christian School, Largo High School, Palm Harbor University High School, Pinellas Park High School, Osceola High School, Seminole High School and Tarpon Springs High School.

Morton Plant Mease will provide the athletic physicals free of charge, however individual schools may request a $15 fee from students to help support school booster clubs.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 468-7586 Pager