Heart of a Champion Day is a free sports-specific health screening and educational program for high school student athletes. The screenings include a review of the athlete’s medical history, a sports-specific medical and musculoskeletal exam, a heart exam and a vision test. The program is unique because of the heart screening, where all student athletes receive an electrocardiogram (EKG), which traces the heart’s electrical activity. A heart screening is performed to increase the chance of detecting a heart problem that could affect an athlete’s ability to participate in sports safely.Traditional sports screenings may not detect these heart abnormalities. However, no screening program is designed to detect every abnormal condition. It is also important to note that this program is not intended to replace an athlete’s yearly well child exam.
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