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Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

02/02/2017

Provided through the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center at RWJBarnabas Health

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) at RWJBarnabas Health will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at South Mountain Recreation Complex, Codey Arena, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ.

Available to the first 200 young athletes who sign up, the cardiac screening is open to 6 to 18 year-olds. When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. Nearly 90 percent of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities, and hidden heart conditions are often the cause. Cardiac screening will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.

For the first time, MJM is excited to bring the FDA-approved ImPACT Pediatric® concussion screening for children ages 5 and older. Previously, concussion screenings were only available for young athletes ages 10 and above. ImPACT Pediatric is an iPad-based computerized test that is individually and easily administered as well as engaging for children, while effectively measuring neurocognitive function.

Concussion screening is available to young athletes, ages 5 and older to the first 120 registrants. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for a 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 RWJBarnabas Health's longstanding commitment to the health and well-being of children and young adults.

Screenings are free of charge and a parent or guardian is asked to be present. Registration is required. To register and schedule an appointment time, parents/guardians are asked to email Teamlink@rwjbh.org.

For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, visit www.barnabashealth.org/morahan or call 973-322-7913.

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