Athlete Screenings in New Jersey

The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes

Physical activity is a great way for people of all ages to stay healthy, but it is not without its own risks. It is important for athletes to stay on top of their cardiac health and screen for concussions whenever they suffer a head injury. The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes (MJM) provides education, evaluation, and assessment of sports injuries. We are committed to educating athletes, parents, coaches, and athletic trainers about sudden cardiac death and concussion issues.

MJM is a statewide program offering young athletes access to free and low-cost cardiac screenings and baseline concussion testing in various satellite centers throughout New Jersey.

The Importance of Cardiac Screenings

Heart conditions are not limited to adults. Numerous children are born with congenital heart conditions that do not manifest symptoms until the child participates in athletic activities. According to the American Heart Association, 90% of cardiac deaths in young athletes occur in youth sports-related competitions. The state of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Education requires all school athletes to be examined by a primary care physician at least once per year for a full physical, including heart health screenings.

Electrocardiograms (EKGs) are not yet a state requirement, even though they can diagnose many conditions other heart screening tests cannot. At MJM, we offer EKG cardiac screenings for patients ages 6 to 18 from our experienced pediatric cardiologists.

The following symptoms during or after physical activity are signs that a student-athlete may have a heart condition:

  • Chest pain
  • Fainting
  • Abnormally heavy breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

These symptoms can be subtle and hard to identify, especially since many of them mirror the usual effects of physical exertion. If your family had a history of heart conditions, there is a higher likelihood that you or your child has one as well. It is important to receive regular screenings so you can prevent or react to a cardiac event in a timely manner.

Concussion Care

A concussion is the result of a blow to the head that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain. Concussions are particularly dangerous in that people often fail to realize they have one. The effects of a concussion are not always immediate. This can leave the injury undiagnosed and untreated can result in long-term damage. If you or a loved one has sustained a blow to the head, you should consult with a doctor if you experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, or any other abnormal behavior.

At MJM, we perform a non-invasive concussion screening known as ImPACT. This is a quick and efficient way for patients to have their mental capacities evaluated and determine whether or not a head injury resulted in a concussion.

We serve and care for more pediatric patients than any other healthcare organization in New Jersey. This program furthers our long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of children and young adults.

Download patient screening forms here.

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600 River Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(732) 363-1900
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94 Old Short Hills Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-5000
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Monmouth Medical Center
300 Second Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
(732) 222-5200
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Clara Maass Medical Center
1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109
(973) 450-2000
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Community Medical Center
99 Highway 37 West
Toms River, NJ 08755
(732) 557-8000
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
201 Lyons Avenue at Osborne Terrace
Newark, NJ 07112
(973) 926-7000
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Jersey City Medical Center
355 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 915-2000
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RWJ University Hospital Somerset
110 Rehill Avenue
Somerville, NJ 08876
(908) 685-2200
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RWJ University Hospital Hamilton
1 Hamilton Health Place
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(609) 586-7900
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RWJ Physical Therapy at New Brunswick
100 Kirkpatrick Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
(732) 545-0494
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RWJ Physical Therapy at Carteret
60 Cooke Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008
(732) 969-8030
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RWJ Physical Therapy at Old Bridge
1044 US Highway 9
Parlin, NJ 08859
(732) 727-2220
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RWJ Physical Therapy at Scotch Plains
2120 Lamberts Mill Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
(908) 389-5400
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Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center Laboratory Patient Service Center - Livingston
200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7194
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200 South Orange Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 322-7000
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RWJPE Sports Medicine New Jersey at Marlboro
475 County Road 520
Suite 101
Marlboro, NJ 07746
(732) 946-2100
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RWJ Sports Physical Therapy at Princeton
743 Alexander Road
Suite 2
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 419-0455
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RWJ Rehabilitation - Ewing
1440 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08618
(609) 890-4450
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593 Cranbury Road
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
(732) 937-8655
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RWJ Physical Therapy & Cardiac Rehab at Monroe
111 Union Valley Road
Suite 201A
Monroe, NJ 08831
(732) 561-8031
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RWJ Rehabilitation Lawrenceville
4152 Quakerbridge Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
(609) 245-7420
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