Free Cardiac and Concussion Baseline Screenings For Young Athletes

Cardiac Screening & Concussion Testing

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, August 22 from 8 am to noon at the Cancer Center in the Continuing Care Building at Clara Maass Medical Center, located at 1 Clara Maass Drive in Belleville.

Available to the first 130 young athletes who sign up, the cardiac screening is open to those ages 6 to 18. When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. Nearly 90 percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities, and hidden heart conditions are often the cause. Cardiac screening will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.

The concussion baseline screening, available to the first 80 who sign up, is for young athletes ages 12 and older. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for a young athlete can help identify issues in the future. If an athlete is believed to have suffered a head injury, this screening test may be used to evaluate the severity of the head injury and determine when it is safe to return to play.

Screenings are free of charge and a parent or guardian is asked to be present. Registration is required. To register and schedule an appointment time, parents/guardians are asked to email here.

 

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  1. Great idea: let young bodies engage in this dangerous activity and then check them for concussions, after the fact!

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