In its continued efforts to help reduce sports-related injuries and deaths, Team HEAL (Helping Enrich Athletes Lives), a non-profit sports program supported by Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, will provide free orthopedic, internal medicine, cardiac, as well as dental and vision screenings to student athletes Carson and Crenshaw High schools on Saturday, May 22nd at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Westchester.

The sports program began in 1994, when Clarence L. Shields, Jr., M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and former team physician for the Los Angeles Rams decided to develop Team HEAL in response to diminished athletic budgets and increased injuries among high school athletes.

The program is designed to provide full-time certified athletic trainers and medical treatment to inner-city high schools in the Los Angeles area.

Examinations for Crenshaw High athletes will begin at 8 a.m. and Carson High will have their physicals at 10 a.m.

According to a 2007 report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, there were 20 sports-related deaths in 2006. The report found that out of those 20 deaths, five young athletes, from 11 to 17 years old, died of heat stroke and only one of those deaths was directly related to the game itself.

Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic is at 6801 Park Terrace Drive, 4th floor, Westchester.