Eastpoint, Fla. -- Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf will offer free athletic screenings to high school and junior high students in Franklin County July 22 and Aug. 15 from 5- 8 p.m. Florida regulations require athletic screenings for all students participating in practice and competitive sports.
The free screenings will be administered at the Franklin County High School Gymnasium by specialists including Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic staff and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf physical therapists, nurses and physicians. Screenings include blood pressure, heart rate, posture, range of motion, flexibility and balance.
Students should check with their coach to learn which date they should attend. Additionally, students and their 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.
About Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf opened in 2010 to serve residents of Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties. The 19-bed facility in Port St. Joe features 24-hour emergency services, inpatient services, surgical services, a full complement of diagnostic and laboratory services, and a helipad to be used by Sacred Heart's regional air ambulance service to provide rapid transport for trauma or critically ill patients. The hospital is operated by Sacred Heart Health System based in Pensacola and a part of Ascension Health, the nation's largest system of Catholic, not-for-profit healthcare facilities. For more information about Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, visit online at www.sacredheartonthegulf.org, find us on Facebook or call (850) 229-5600.