Register Now for Heart of a Champion Screenings
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student-athletes can register to receive free sports screenings during Heart of a Champion Day. Registration opens Friday, April 24 and the event will take place Saturday, May 30. Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders may complete the necessary forms, including a medical history, by visiting www.carolinashealthcare.org/heart-of-a-champion and clicking on the “Student Registration” tab on the left. Registration will close at midnight on May 22 or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students, whichever comes first.
During Heart of a Champion Day, students will receive a free general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination. The screenings also include an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition. Neither heart test is part of a routine athletic screening.
New for 2015 is a change in location. This year, the event will be held at Building K in the Airport Center. It offers more space for the growing number of CMS student-athletes who participate in the screenings. The change will not affect transportation, which is provided to student-athletes from their individual schools.
In 2014, more than 1,600 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. The event was staffed by more than 300 volunteer doctors, clinicians, nurses and other community members. A total of 118 students had conditions that required follow-up, including 65 general medical issues, 39 orthopedic issues and 14 heart issues.
Heart of a Champion Day is a partnership between CMS and Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center (CMC), Carolinas HealthCare System’s Sports Medicine & Injury Care, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and OrthoCarolina. Those providing material support this year include the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, General Electric, Phillips, Coca-Cola and Gatorade.