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Barnabas Health Names Joetta Clark Diggs and David Diehl Spokespeople for The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes

05/29/2013

Barnabas Health Names Four-Time Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs and NY Giants Two-Time Super Bowl Champion David Diehl Spokespeople for The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes

Program Designed To Educate Parents, Coaches, Athletic Trainers and Athletes Offers Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings

Joetta Clark Diggs David Diehl
Joetta Clark Diggs, Four-time Olympian Middle Distance Runner David Diehl, NY Giants Two-time Super Bowl Champion

Livingston, NJ, May 29, 2013 – Barnabas Health today named four-time Olympian middle distance runner Joetta Clark Diggs and two-time Super Bowl Champion and NFL veteran offensive lineman David Diehl of the New York Giants as spokespeople for the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes at Barnabas Health.

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes at Barnabas Health provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injuries, and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings for young athletes.

The program offers medical evaluation and assessment by highly-trained and qualified sports injury and pediatric physicians and specialists; train-the-trainer programs for coaches and sports athletic trainers; and an education and community outreach division aimed at teaching parents, athletes and recreation and school athletic directors about injury prevention, return to play protocols, symptom and sideline assessment and sportsmanship. Barnabas Health is planning to introduce a more comprehensive statewide program in the fall which will include working with several high schools throughout the state and free cardiac and concussion screenings.

“Barnabas Health is committed to creating programs that advance the health and wellness of people within our communities,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for Barnabas Health. “As the largest healthcare system in the state, we have a responsibility to do all we can to help empower people with the information and services they need to remain healthy- and that certainly includes our young athletes. We are proud to have Joetta Clark Diggs and David Diehl working with us to help spread the word about the importance of cardiac and concussion screenings and playing it safe.”

Joetta Clark Diggs is recognized as one of the United States greatest distance runners. A 1988, 1992, 1996 & 2000 Olympian, she ranked in the top-10 in the United States in the 800 meters for more than 20 years. As Executive Director of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation (501c3 non-profit) and President of Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC, the New Jersey native has worked diligently to provide free fitness, track & field camps and life skills programs for children throughout the country. In addition, she is the author of the popular book, Joetta's "P" Principles For Success: Life Lessons Learned From Track & Field. Clark Diggs is nominated for induction into the prestigious New Jersey Hall of Fame class of 2013. Through her endeavors, she emphasizes sports, success, family fitness and promoting a healthy lifestyle and is a firm believer in providing kids the ability to participate in sports safely.

“I am honored to work with Barnabas Health to help increase awareness of the need to screen youth athletes for cardiac conditions and irregularities,” said Joetta Clark Diggs. “Parents and coaches need to know that there is something simple and easy that they can do right now to prevent a cardiac incident from happening to their child or young athlete.”

David Diehl is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and in 2010 was named to the Pro Bowl as a member of the New York Giants, where he has played for 11 years. Diehl is a champion for Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families. As such, he was the recipient of the Wellington Mara Man of the Year Award in 2012 for the work done on behalf of children and families living with medical challenges. Diehl also donated the largest strength and conditioning center for football players in the country to his alma mater, the University of Illinois. Diehl is a dedicated volunteer and strong supporter of children and athletics. As a professional player, he understands firsthand the need for proper return-to-play protocols for young athletes.

“I am excited to work with the professionals at Barnabas Health to help educate the community about the debilitating effects of concussions and traumatic brain injuries,” explained Diehl. “The baseline screenings the Morahan Center is offering to communities across the state can help provide a more accurate evaluation in the event a concussion does occur in a young athlete.”

Joetta and David’s representation and advocacy of the Barnabas Health Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment for Athletes highlights their commitment to keeping our young athletes safe. In their role as spokespeople, they will be attending events and speaking on behalf of Barnabas Health in an effort to educate the community.

For more about the Barnabas Health Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, please visit www.barnabashealth.org or call (973) 322-7913.

Date: May 29, 2013

Contact: Justin Edelman
973-322-4028
JEdelman@barnabashealth.org

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