CHARLOTTE – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools student-athletes can now register online to receive free sports screenings during Heart of a Champion Day on June 4. The fourth annual event is a partnership between the district and Levine Children’s Hospital, Carolinas Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center Sports Medicine, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute and OrthoCarolina.
Rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders may complete the necessary forms, including a medical history, by visiting www.heartofachampionday.org. Registration May 27 at midnight or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students, whichever happens first. The screenings take place at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences on Carolina Medical Center’s campus, 1200 Blythe Boulevard.
During Heart of a Champion Day, students receive a general sports screening, musculoskeletal check and a vision examination. The screenings include an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition. More than 400 volunteer doctors, clinicians, nurses and other community members will staff the event.
In 2010, more than 2,000 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.