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Provided through the Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center at Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center

Free Cardiac and Concussion Screenings for Young Athletes

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What would you do if I told you there is a test that is fast, painless and can save your child's life if he or she is one the thousands walking around right now with an undiagnosed heart issue?
Every year, we mourn the loss of young children who die suddenly, many from undiagnosed heart ailments.
And more often, our children suffer from dangerous concussions - and may not know it. With all the news proving concussions can lead to life long serious brain issues or even cancer, this is yet another reason to have your children tested.
The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes will provide free cardiac and concussion baseline screenings to young athletes on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center located at 200 South Orange Avenue in Livingston.

Available to the first 150 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.

The concussion baseline screening, available to the first 80 who sign up, is for young athletes ages 12 and older. 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 Barnabas 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@barnabashealth.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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