Las Vegas, NV - August 13th, 2013 -- On Saturday August 24th, 2013 the LVSportz Foundation in conjunction with First Person Care Clinic and Complete Medical Consultants of Nevada, through the support of the Glen Lerner Gives Back Program, will be offering free comprehensive pre-participation physical evaluations (PPEs) with an optional low-cost heart screening utilizing an ECG for local student athletes.
The event will be held at First Person Care Clinic located at 1200 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104 on Saturday August 24th from 10am to 4pm. Interested parents are encouraged to call 702-308-8118 for an appointment and to visit the LVSportz Foundation’s Website at http://lvsportz.com/ppe for forms and more information.
Every child who receives a sports physical during this event will also receive a free ticket voucher for the Las Vegas Wranglers Home Opener on October 19th courtesy of the Las Vegas Wranglers. Vouchers are good with the purchase of one adult ticket per group.
It's estimated that more than 100 young athletes die each year in sports-related incidents, and the National Athletic Trainers' Association projects that nearly half of those deaths are attributed to sudden cardiac death. Some causes include hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) which involves the thickening of the heart muscle, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood. Along with other cardiac problems, HCM is the overwhelming cause of sudden death in young athletes.
It is recommend by the NATA, the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Heart Association that every child has an annual Pre-Participation Physical Exam (PPE) prior to participating in strenuous exercise or competitive sports, regardless if it is mandatory or not, to prevent sudden cardiac death and other major health issue on the playing fields.
A PPE can help identify congenital heart defects that can lead to SCA as well as any other musculoskeletal, spinal, dermatological or other health problems or risk factors a child may have. A PPE is different from a standard physical. The PPE specifically focuses on a child’s well-being as it relates to playing a sport. It's more limited than a regular physical, but it's a lot more specific about athletic issues.
“Many families in the Clark County School District view their child’s sports physical as an annual wellness exam. There is a major difference in the detail of care, however, recognizing limited access to care we at First Person Care Clinic take the time with each child in order to provide age appropriate counseling and guidance,” states Dr. Noah Kohn, Pediatric CMO of First Person Care Clinic.
There have been several publicized incidents of local student athletes suffering from SCA on local playing fields over the past couple of years with one of those resulting in a death. Brian Bartolome, Executive Director of the LVSportz Foundation said, “We have established our innovative event to ensure that student athletes receive potentially life-saving exams to prevent such incidents.”
“Using an ECG as a screening tool, in conjunction with a qualitative exam and review of personal and family history, physicians are better able to detect cardiac abnormalities in young athletes. The use of ECGs is not currently a part of a student athlete's routine PPE in the United States,” says Bartolome, “and whether it should be has sparked an ongoing debate. We know we can’t catch everything but if we can identify even just one abnormal ECG and potentially save a life, is it not worth the extra precaution?”
The LVSportz Foundation also stated that they are working on doing several other events and looking at other possible options to include Echocardiograms or an MRI of the heart as well as baseline ImPACT testing and/or sickle-cell screening.
Who: The LVSportz Foundation, First Person Care Clinic & Complete Medical Consultants of Nevada
What: Free Sports Physicals and Heart Screenings for Local Student Athletes
Where: First Person Care Clinic – 1200 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89104 – 702-380-8118
Date: Saturday August 24th, 2013 from 10am to 4pm
This event is open for All Press Coverage. Contact Brian Bartolome, LVSportz Foundation (702-561-1267 or email@example.com) for interviews, scheduling or additional information.
About LVSportz Foundation
The LVSportz Foundation is a multi-faceted Nevada non-profit whose goal is to help Southern Nevada youth Get in the Game, Enjoy the Game and Stay in the Game! LVSF offers a variety of positive and safe sports programs and information; youth sports registration assistance; free youth sports clinics; youth sports recognition; as well as news and announcements on every aspect of youth sports in the Southern Nevada area.
About First Person Care Clinic
First Person Care Clinic is a non-profit organization offering preventive and primary healthcare services to the Downtown Las Vegas community.
FIRST PERSON’s mission is to provide efficient, quality, and affordable healthcare by maintaining the patients continuity of care through a holistic, compassionate and accessible approach to all including medically underserved, uninsured, and hard working individuals.
About Complete Medical Consultants of Nevada
CMC is the provider of choice for medical education and medical consulting services in the Las Vegas area. We are an official American Heart Association Training Center with over 70 credentialed instructors.