LIVINGSTON — Ninety percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities. Nearly one in five high school athletes suffers a concussion each season. Saint Barnabas Health Care System is taking a proactive role in preventing these problems in young players through the cardiac and concussion screening and education programs for young athletes, their parents and coaches.
Free cardiac and concussion screening will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to noon at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. Youngsters ages 6 to 18 years old are eligible for the cardiac screening test and athletes 12 years old and up can take the ImPACT concussion screening test.
Registration for this event is required. Call 1.888.SBHS.123 and visit www.saintbarnabasfoundation.org/morahanmemorialfund to learn more about the importance of these health screenings for young athletes.
The cardiac screening offers preliminary medical screenings, based on American Heart Association recommendations. The event, staffed by expert Saint Barnabas pediatric cardiologists, includes EKG testing and immediate results interpretation to players and their parents or guardians. If initial results identify a need for further testing, players will be referred back to their primary care provider for a referral to an appropriate specialist. At the consent of the player and their parents, the results will be faxed to the primary care provider. At each session attendees will receive important information along with health history forms to complete prior to the program’s cardiac screening and evaluation.
ImPACT Concussion Screening Test
ImPACT is being used for concussion management by more than 1,000 high schools, colleges, sports medicine centers and professional teams throughout the world. This non-invasive test takes about 25 – 35 minutes to complete and gauges attention span, memory, reaction time and concentration. The screening test is used as a baseline to evaluate the severity of a head injury that might occur in the future and help doctors determine when return-to-play is appropriate and safe for the injured athlete. If the athlete sustains an injury to the head, he/she will be required to take a post-test. The post-test can be administered in the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Emergency Department or, if it is not an emergency, at the Sports Medicine Institute at the Saint Barnabas Ambulatory Care Center.
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