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Heart of a Champion Day Screenings Set Record

More than 2,700 student-athletes were screened during Carolinas HealthCare System’s four Heart of a Champion Day events in May and June, a 10 percent increase over 2013’s record total.  The screenings ensure athletes can safely participate in high school sports. 

Included was a general medical exam, orthopedic check and, unlike most athletic screenings, heart tests to detect hereditary conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac death.   Participants received an electrocardiogram and, if necessary, an echocardiogram to provide a more detailed view of heart function.  

This year, 170 student-athletes were found to have medical issues that will require follow-up before they can be cleared to play sports.   These included 88 general medical conditions, 58 orthopedic issues and 24 potential heart issues.  

The screenings, staffed by more than 550 volunteers, were held in York County (SC) at CMC-Fort Mill Medical Plaza, in Lincoln County at CMC-Lincoln Medical Plaza, in Mecklenburg County for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences and in Union County at Union West Medical Plaza.  A breakdown by location follows:

Students Screened
Medical Follow-ups Required
York County (SC) 524 33
Lincoln County 413 14
Mecklenburg County 1,614 118
Union County 154 5

Heart of a Champion Day is a team effort that included Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, Sports Medicine/Event Medicine, Sports Medicine & Injury Care, Carolinas HealthCare Foundation, Carolinas MED-1, and Carolinas HealthCare System Orthopedics. 

External sponsors included Children’s Miracle Network, OrthoCarolina, General Electric, Philips Healthcare, Metrolina Eye Associates, Coca-Cola and Jason’s Deli.