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McLeod offers free sports injury clinics

First Posted: 5:42 pm - August 20th, 2015

By Julia Derrick - For the Chronicle



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Coaches, athletes and parents know where there are sports, there are injuries. Timely assessment and treatment of an athlete’s injury can be critical to his or her safe return to the sport.

That’s why McLeod Sports Medicine is offering free Saturday morning injury clinics throughout the fall sports season.

The clinics are staffed by McLeod Sports Medicine certified athletic trainers; Dr. Patrick Denton, Dr. Chadley Runyan and Dean Huiet, physician assistant, of Pee Dee Orthopaedic Associates; Dr. David Woodbury of McLeod Orthopaedics; and McLeod Family Medicine Center residents.

During the clinics, trainers provide complimentary medical assessments, X-ray and treatment. If the injury requires additional treatment, the athlete is referred to an orthopedic surgeon or other specialist. The most common injuries seen include concussions, bruises, ankle sprains and knee and shoulder injuries.

The injury clinics are held every Saturday throughout the fall sports season from 8:30-10 a.m.at McLeod Family Medicine Health & Fitness, located at the McLeod Health and Fitness Center. The first injury clinic is Saturday, Aug. 22.

McLeod Sports Medicine has 24 certified athletic trainers on staff who provide medical care to athletes of 19 high schools in the counties of Florence, Darlington, Marion, Horry, Dillon, Lee, Marlboro and Chesterfield. They also provide athletic training services to the Florence Red Wolves, Francis Marion University and Florence – Darlington Technical College.

The goal of an athletic trainer is to prevent injuries, provide timely access to care and manage day-to-day sport injuries to help keep athletes participating in their sport. Certified athletic trainers are state licensed and nationally accredited.

For more information, call McLeod Sports Medicine at 843-777-8167.

Julia Derrick works in marketing and public relations for McLeod Health.

By Julia Derrick

For the Chronicle

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