Tuesday, May 3, 2011

CMS kicks off free comprehensive physicals for student-athletes

Student-athletes at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) are now able to register online to receive free sports screenings during Heart of a Champion Day on Saturday, June 4. The fourth annual event is a partnership between CMS and Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), CMC Sports Medicine, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and OrthoCarolina.

            Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders may complete the necessary forms, including a medical history, by visiting www.heartofachampionday.org.  Registration will close at midnight or May 27 or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students, whichever comes first. The screenings will take place at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences on CMC’s campus, 1200 Blythe Boulevard. 

            During Heart of a Champion Day, students will receive a free general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination. The screenings are unique because they also include an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition. Neither of these heart tests is part of a routine athletic screening and does not eliminate the risk.

            In 2010, more than 2,000 students were screened. Conditions discovered through the initiative included a number of heart irregularities, elevated blood pressure, post-concussion syndrome, uncontrolled asthma, overuse injuries, and vision problems.

Sanger, eCardio and McKesson are financially supporting the CMS screening. Heart of a Champion Day will be staffed by more than 400 volunteer doctors, clinicians, nurses and other community members. 

-- CMS media release


Anonymous said...

Nothing for middle school? A done deal?

Anonymous said...

The only special treatments athletes deserve is a one way ticket to jail.