Free Concussion & Cardiac Testing For Student Athletes 6 – 18 Years Old

NEWARK – Children’s Hospital of New Jersey will host the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes free screening for student athletes, on Saturday, Oct. 12. The free cardiac and concussion screenings begin at 8 a.m. and will end at noon. Each screening takes approximately 30 minutes.

The Cardiac Screening is open to the first 100 people. The Concussion Screening is open to the first 80 athletes.

“We want to be sure that student athletes are prepared to participate in any sport, from football and basketball to soccer and track – whatever sport, a health assessment is essential to keeping children and student athletes as safe as possible,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health. “I encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of this special program for athletes. Dr. Brennan added that the goal of the program is to prevent injury and death to young athletes.

The cardiac screening is for young athletes aged six to 18 years old. When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. Ninety percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities. Hidden heart conditions are often the cause. The screenings will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.

The concussion baseline screening is for young athletes aged 12 to 18 years old. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for your 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.

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings. Barnabas Health serves and cares for more pediatric patients than any other health care organization in New Jersey; this program furthers our long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of children and young adults.

Registration is required; call 973-926-2064.

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