Cardiac Screening & Concussion Testing

Cardiac Screening

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According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac death is the result of an unexpected failure of proper heart function during or immediately after exercise. 90% of cardiac deaths in young athletes occur in youth sports related competition. About 100 such deaths are reported in the United States each year. In coordination with the American Heart Association and The American Academy of Pediatrics and their recommendations, the state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Education requires all school athletes to be examined by a primary care physician at least once per year to include a full physical exam. This would include a complete screening of blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm abnormalities along with a complete evaluation of medical history. At this time electrocardiograms (EKG’s) are not a state requirement as part of the pre participation physical process to participate in youth sports. In most cases, unless a preexisting or congenital heart defect exists, most children have not had a baseline EKG or complete cardiac screening in their lifetime. The number one cause of sudden cardiac death is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) otherwise known as enlargement of the heart muscle. Without proper screening and assessment this condition can go undetected.

Cardiac screenings are offered for ages 6-18 and include a baseline EKG and resting blood pressure along with a thorough review of medical history and EKG interpretation by a pediatric cardiologist. EKG findings can result in further testing and are referred to your physician for evaluation to ensure each child's safety. Experts recommend a repeat screening be held every 2 years.

To schedule a baseline EKG screening at the Ambulatory Care Center please call
973-322-7913 prompt 2.


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Althete Screenings Video

RWJBarnabas Health President and Chief Executive Officer Barry H. Ostrowsky and The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center spokesperson Joetta Clarke Diggs discuss the importance of cardiac and concussion screenings and education for athletes, coaches, parents and athletic trainers on return to play protocols.


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Educational Handouts

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Concussion Impact Testing

Concussion facts

A concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or body that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain and can cause significant and sustained neurological impairments. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 concussions are sustained during sports-related activity in the United States. Out of these 300,000 incidences, it is estimated that more than 62,000 of these concussions occur from contact sport related injuries in student athletes. In 2010, the NJ state legislature developed a Concussion Law that has been mandated in interscholastic sports programs to remove a student athlete that has a concussion from competition, practice, or return to play until they are evaluated and cleared by a physician that specializes in the evaluation and management of concussions. The growing need for concussion management has made New Jersey just one of 31 states that have mandated a concussion law in it's legislature since 2009.


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ImPACT Testing

MAJOR SUPPORT FOR THESE SCREENINGS PROVIDED BY QUAL CARE.

According to the latest research, the gold standard of post-concussion management combines neuro-cognitive testing (ImPACT) and graded return to play protocols prior to returning to physical activity and competition. Neuro-cognitive testing is offered for student-athletes ages 10 and up at baseline and after sustaining a concussion. Testing is done through our ImPACT computer based software. ImPACT is a non-invasive test that tracks information such as memory, reaction time, speed, and concentration. At the Morahan Center, our physicians value ImPACT testing as a helpful tool for assessment. Physicians trained in interpretation of the ImPACT test compare baseline and post injury results to assist in post-concussion management and in the development of individualized return to play time lines. A prescription is required for post injury testing.

To schedule an ImPACT baseline screening or post injury test at the Ambulatory Care Center please call 973-322-7913 prompt 1.


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Educational Handouts

HEADS UP: Concussion in Youth Sports

Related References and links

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