CMC-Union partners with the Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association

Three-year agreement will provide free sports screenings and more

by Josh Whitener

Carolinas Medical Center-Union and the Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association (WCWAA) are joining forces to keep athletes safe and healthy.

The two parties recently entered into a three-year agreement that will provide a number of services including sports physicals; health fairs for families; CPR, first aid and injury prevention training for coaches and first aid supplies to help with on-the-field injuries.

All services are provided free of charge to athletes, coaches and the WCWAA, as CMC-Union feels a sense of duty to reach out to the community through the partnership.

“We were working on ways to reach out to the kids and the families living in our community,” said Liberty Stroman, director of community wellness and outreach services for CMC-Union. “Those kids (at the WCWAA) are there to have fun, but we’re there to help keep them safe, so that was just a natural partnership.”

CMC-Union is kicking off the partnership by holding free sports screenings for athletes. The first session of screenings was held earlier this month and another free screening day will take place Saturday, July 28. “Football starts very soon, so that’s one of the populations of that association we’re trying to meet right now,” Stroman said.

Another service is planned for the near future – supplying coaches with CPR, first aid and injury-prevention training. As the fall sports season draws nearer and teams begin practicing for the upcoming games, CMC-Union wants to make sure coaches know how to both handle on-the-field injuries and take steps to prevent them from happening.

CMC-Union will provide first aid kits, which include Band-Aids, gauze, ointment, sting repellant and other basic supplies to treat injuries that may occur. In addition, the WCWAA also will receive two automated external defibrillators to have onsite.

“We want (the WCWAA) to have these resources they may not have had before, the tools to keep the kids safe, so if someone gets hurt on the field, they’ll be taught how to handle it and they’ll have those kits to help them be able to do that,” Stroman said.

Other plans for the future include family health fairs. Although CMC-Union doesn’t currently have any fairs scheduled, Stroman said it’s something they’d like to hold eventually when the opportunity arises. She said the health fairs would be a chance for families to come out and learn more about chronic health conditions (such as asthma) that might interfere with sports activity, as well as sports safety tips.

Stroman said CMC-Union is excited about the partnership and being able to provide these services to the community. “For us, it’s really about giving back to the community and establishing a relationship with the WCWAA members,” she said. “That’s what’s important for us – building that relationship stronger and stronger, making sure the kids are safe, making sure we’re either preventing injuries or finding out how to prevent the injuries and improving the safety of the kids while they’re having fun.”

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