USC hosts 13th annual S.M.A.R.T. exams event - - Columbia, South Carolina

USC hosts 13th annual S.M.A.R.T. exams event

(Source: Matt Splett/USC) (Source: Matt Splett/USC)

Over 1,000 student athletes on Saturday received free exams as part of a program that screens for any potential health risks prior to athletic competition.

The 13th annual S.M.A.R.T. exams event was held at Williams-Brice Stadium and more than 25 high schools, prep schools and middle schools in Richland, Lexington, Orangeburg and Newberry counties participated.

During the event, physicians, athletic trainers, nurses and volunteers from the USC Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics examined the athletes to identify any potential health issues.

The event's partners share a common goal of preparing healthy student athletes for competition.

The S.M.A.R.T. program was developed in 2001 by Jeffrey Guy, M.D., assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the USC School of Medicine and medical director for USC's Department of Athletics. The program was established to increase the level of medical care available to South Carolina's secondary school athletes, especially those involved in high-risk contact sports.

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