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Student-athletes from Charlotte region high schools will once again be able to receive free athletic screenings under a program pioneered by Carolinas HealthCare System called Heart of a Champion Day. Four Saturdays have been set aside for the screenings that will take place in Charlotte, Indian Trail and Lincolnton, NC, and Fort Mill, SC.
The screenings check for heart abnormalities that could lead to sudden death and include an electrocardiogram and, if needed, an echocardiogram. Neither heart test is offered during a routine athletic screening. Also included are orthopedic and general medical screenings. Last year, nearly 2,500 student-athletes participated and 127 were found to have medical conditions that required follow-up, including 29 with potential cardiac issues.
Specific information on each 2014 event follows:
|Event||Date||Location||Participating Schools||Registration Window|
|York County||Saturday May 10th||CMC-Fort Mill Medical Plaza Fort Mill, SC||Nation Ford, Fort Mill||April 6 to May 4|
|Lincoln County||Saturday May 17||CMC-Lincoln Medical Plaza
|Lincoln Charter; Lincolnton; North Lincoln; East Lincoln; West Lincoln||April 13 to May 11|
|Mecklenburg County||Saturday May 31||Carolinas College of Health Sciences
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools||April 27 to May 25|
|Union County||Saturday June 7||Union West Medical Plaza
Indian Trail, NC
|Northside Christian Academy; Metrolina Christian; Union Academy; Anson County; Carmel Christian; Other||May 4 to June 1|
Students wishing to participate should note their registration “window” and register online by visiting www.CarolinasHealthCare.org/Heart-of-a-Champion and clicking on “Student Registration” in the box on the left side of the page.
The three main genetic defects that doctors look for during the cardiac screenings are:
Five System hospitals -- Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, CMC-Lincoln, CMC-Union and CMC-Pineville -- are sponsoring the screenings along with Carolinas HealthCare System's Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and Sports Medicine & Injury Care, as well as OrthoCarolina. Last year, nearly 600 volunteers from these organizations staffed the four screenings. Those providing material support this year include General Electric, Phillips, Coca Cola and Jason’s Deli.