March 8, 2013, Toms River, NJ – The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will provide free cardiac and concussion screenings to young athletes on Saturday, April 13 from 8 am – noon at Community Medical Center in Toms River. The free screenings are for young athletes and pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register for the screenings, parents/guardians are asked to call 1.888.724.7123.
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 and hidden heart conditions are often the cause. This cardiac screening will help to identify players, age six to 18 years of age, who may require further testing or intervention.
The concussion baseline screening is for young athletes, ages 12 to 18 years old. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for young athletes 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 screenings are being offered at Community Medical Center in collaboration with the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, both part of Barnabas Health. The Morahan Center provides education, evaluation and assessment of sports injury and sports-related cardiac and concussion screenings.
Screenings are free of charge and a parent or guardian is asked to be present.
ABOUT MATTHEW J. MORAHAN III
Before finding his true athletic calling on the links, Matthew participated in little league, recreational football, and swimming. In addition to becoming a golfer, Matthew went on to be an enthusiastic sports viewer as well as a devoted runner. To ensure child athletes can safely enjoy the same experiences Matthew did, his family and friends helped to create the Matthew J. Morahan III Memorial Health Assessment Center for Athletes. Young athletes can be screened for otherwise undetectable brain and heart conditions at minimal or no cost. For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, please visit our website at www.barnabashealth.org/morahan or call 973.322.7913.
CONTACT: Jean M. Flaherty