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Cardiac and Concussion Athletic Screening
Athlete Screenings, Special Events

Free cardiac and concussions screenings for young athletes will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset (RWJUH) Family Practice,110 Rehill Avenue in Somerville.

RWJUH Somerset cardiologists, nurses and technicians will conduct the cardiac evaluations for children ages 14 to 18, which include a cardiovascular history and physical exam; blood pressure screening; body metrics; an electrocardiogram. In addition, an echocardiogram can be performed if indicated. Results will be given to students to share with their personal physicians.

The screenings look for major abnormalities known to cause sudden cardiac death (SCD), such as cardiac arrest. SCD is an unexpected death caused by ventricular fibrillation (an irregular heart rhythm from the lower chambers of the heart) and is almost always fatal. Sudden cardiac death affects an average of 1 in 100,000 student athletes nationwide each year.

“Young athletes are at an increased risk for suffering from SCD compared to their non-athlete peers. In fact, about 3,000 young people die from sudden cardiac arrest each year,” said Steven Georgeson, MD, cardiologist at RWJUH who is leading the screenings. “If a young athlete goes untested, the combination of physical exercise and an underlying heart disorder can trigger cardiac arrest or lead to potentially irreversible consequences. Obtaining screenings is an important step in preventing serious or fatal injury for your loved ones.”

In addition to screening for abnormalities which cause SCD, the cardiologists will assess the student’s risk for future heart problems based on their weight and blood pressure.

A free ImPACT baseline concussion test will also be available for athletes ages 12 to 18. This is a non-invasive, computerized exam that provides useful information for evaluation and rehabilitation of the young athlete in the event of a future brain or head injury. In order to best assess when a young athlete is able to return to play and normal activities following a concussion, it is helpful to have a baseline evaluation of the athlete before an injury occurs.

The number of concussions in high school sports has doubled in the past five years. Studies indicate that students participating in sports such as football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball and softball are most at risk.

RWJUH also offers a Concussion Recovery Program that is comprised of a team of specialists using cutting-edge research and a wealth of physical medicine experience to address short and long-term symptoms of concussions and helps individuals get back to normal life and sport activities as quickly and safely as possible. Post-concussion care includes a physician evaluation, ImPACT post-injury testing and physical therapy.

A parent or guardian must accompany each student to the cardiac and concussion screenings. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 908-685-2814. The cardiology department at RWJUH Somerset has been screening local high school athletes since 2009 and has screened more than 800 students.

For an appointment time call 908-685-2414. Please download and fill out these pdf forms below to bring to the event.

RWJ University Hospital Somerset

110 Rehill Ave.

Somerville, NJ 08876

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