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Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes Offers Cardiac and Concussion Screenings

Livingston, NJ – The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will be providing free screenings to youth athletes on March 2, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. until Noon at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Avenue, Livingston. To sign up for this screening, parents/guardians are asked to call 1.888.724.7123.

The cardiac screening is for young athletes aged six to 18 years old for the first 150 who sign up. When preliminary testing to identify serious cardiac problems is provided to young athletes, sudden cardiac arrest and tragic deaths may be avoided. 90%of sudden cardiac deaths in young athletes occur during or after athletic activities. Hidden heart conditions are often the cause. The screening will help to identify players who may require further testing or intervention.

The concussion baseline screening is for young athletes aged 12 to 18 years old for the first 75 who sign up. Having a concussion baseline study (ImPACT) for your 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 our long-standing 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. For more information about the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes, please visit our website or call 973.322.7913.

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.

Date: January 2, 2013

Contact: Angela Kessler
Director, Public Relations and Marketing
Barnabas Health Outpatient Centers
Phone: 973-322-7327