Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists and Encore Rehabilitation will be giving free sports physicals to 16 Coast High Schools on May 21 at the Cedar Lake Medical Center in Biloxi.
East Central, Gautier, Gulfport, Hancock, Harrison Central, Long Beach, Moss Point, Ocean Springs, Our Lady Academy, Pass Christian, Pascagoula, Resurrection, St. Martin, St. Patrick, Vancleave and West Harrison all will be getting free physicals from 8 a.m. to noon.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College also will be receiving free physicals.
Erica Schrock, director of marketing and business development at Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists, estimates more than 1,500 athletes will receive physicals for the 2016-2017 school year.
Bienville's Sports Medicine Center has provided free physicals for Coast high school athletes for the past 17 years.
"It's our way of giving back to the schools and their communities we've partnered with," Schrock said.
Student athletes are required to have a pre-participation physical exam, which includes pertinent history, height, weight, blood pressure, musculoskeletal evaluation and a brief station-based physical exam.