MHS, Mission Sports Medicine offering free athletic physicals

McDowell High Athletic Trainer Maeve Healy helps injured player Walker Hughes during a game last season. All prospective MHS athletes must have a completed physical form on file in order to participate, and the high school along with Mission Sports Medicine will offer exams free of charge Wednesday at MHS. Josh Davis/

The current sports year has finished for all high school and middle school athletes in McDowell County. But this coming Wednesday, the first and most important step for all athletes who plan to participate in the 2019-2020 school year will take place. 

Mission Sports Medicine and McDowell High School will hold its annual pre-participation sports exams for all rising 6th-12th grade athletes. The clinic will take place inside Titan Gymnasium at McDowell High School starting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday for the high school athletes. Parents can bring their children to MHS at the end of the school day. 

Anyone who plans to attend will be asked to fill out paperwork prior to being seen by a staff member.

The Mission Sports Medicine team will perform annual evaluations for all interested athletes to clear them for activities starting in the fall. The PPE or “sports physicals” are valid for a full 365 days and are required by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association before student athletes can participate in any sport. Once the athlete has been evaluated, the paperwork will be placed on file at McDowell High School for easy access. 

The most important part is that the PPE’s are free of charge as a public service from Mission Sports Medicine to county athletes. Hundreds of local athletes participate in the free sports physicals annually. 

For more information contact MHS athletic trainers Maeve Healy and Andrea Brewer at (305-498-3906) or





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