2017, Toms River, NJ
– The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will provide
free cardiac and concussion screenings to children ages five and older
on Saturday, April 22 from 8 am to noon at Community Medical Center in
Toms River. The age has been lowered from prior screening events since
not all injuries happen on an athletic field.
Free concussion screenings are for children 5 to 18 years old and cardiac
screenings are offered for children 6 to 18 years of age. Pre-registration
is required as space is limited. To register for the screening and to
schedule an appointment time, please email
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 children, age six
to 18 years of age, who may require further testing or intervention.
The concussion baseline screening is for children, ages five to 18 years
old. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) can help identify issues
in the future. Children five to 11 will be tested on an iPad, which is
much more game-like and makes the testing fun. If a child 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 normal activities.
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 RWJBarnabas 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
www.barnabashealth.org/morahan or call 973.322.7913.