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CaroMont Health Hosts 2nd Annual High School Athletic Combine


High School Athletes Will Test Their Skills During CaroMont Community Challenge

In the world of sports, athletes are constantly challenged, both personally and competitively, to better themselves and take their fitness to the next level. On Saturday, May 14, high school student athletes will have a chance to test their athleticism and showcase their skills at the CaroMont Community Challenge. The Combine, open to athletes in ninth through twelfth grades, will be held at Stuart W. Cramer High School located at 101 Lakewood Road, Belmont beginning at 8:30 a.m.

“The Combine is intended to be an interactive and educational experience for our high school athletes,” said Trent Hayes, Athletic Trainer at CaroMont Health. “It’s an opportunity for them to show off their hard work and gain training tips to enhance their skill set, particularly for athletes who want to pursue sports at the college level.”

Combines have long been used by the National Football League (NFL) for scouting purposes where college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, managers and scouts. Combines continue to gain popularity in many sports, not just professional football, as a way to evaluate up and coming prospects through standardized evaluation exercises that measure speed, agility and overall performance.

Through a partnership with Gaston County Schools, CaroMont Athletic Trainers work with student athletes throughout the year as their health advocate with injury prevention and therapeutic intervention as needed, as well as general health and wellness management. CaroMont Athletic Trainers will be on-site at the combine event to administer the key components of the Combine and offer tips to improve overall performance. This year will be the second time holding an athletic combine event at the CaroMont Community Challenge. More than 45 students competed in the combine last year.

“College recruiting has changed over the years with a lot of it being done online through recruiting websites,” said Hayes. “Students and their coaches can use their scores from the Combine to compare progress from year to year.”

Athletes will participate in five drills that include a 40-yard dash, shuttle (side-to-side exercise), vertical leap, sit and reach (flexibility assessment) and strength exercise with a bench press (135 and 185-pound weights). Drill results will be provided to high school coaches after the event.

“The athletic combine is unique in that it is a community-wide event that exposes athletes in all sports, regardless of their activity level, to timed exercise drills,” said Janet Brightman, Director, Ambulatory Services at CaroMont Health. “Participation in this event is also another way for our community, particularly our students, to get excited about their health through physical activity.”

The combine is free, and interested athletes are encouraged to talk to their high school coach and register in advance online at The duration of drill times will vary depending on what students are participating in, but most athletes will be able to complete drills in 30 minutes or less. Students, coaches, friends and family are invited to come out to support and cheer on participants.

To register and learn more about the main event, the CaroMont Community Challenge, please visit

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