Low-Cost CPR/AED Certification Class for Youth Sports Coaches & Team Moms Also Being Held
On Saturday January 31st, 2015 the LV Sportz Foundation will be holding its first sports physical and heart screening event of the year to provide local youth ages 10 to 18 with FREE comprehensive pre-participation physical evaluations (PPEs/Sports Physicals) and youth athlete heart screenings utilizing EKG’s and Echocardiogram’s.
The screening event will be held at First Person Care Clinic (1200 S. Fourth Street, LV, NV 89101) from 9am to 3pm. The event is made possible through the support of the Glen Lerner Gives Back program, First Person Care Clinics, the American Institute of Medical Sonography, HealthCare Partners Cardiology and Phase 1 Sports.
Interested parents must pre-register for the event since there is limited space. Parents can visit the LV Sportz Foundation’s Website at http://lvsportz.com/screening for scheduling, forms and more information.
The organization will also be holding a low-cost CPR/AED Certification class for youth sports coaches and team moms during the event from 10am to 2pm. Coaches and Team Moms can register here: http://lvsportz.com/schedule. Cost is only $25. Space is Limited!
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.
Brian Bartolome, Executive Director of the LV Sportz Foundation said, “We have established this unique and innovative screening event to ensure that student athletes receive potentially life-saving exams to prevent such incidents without added cost.”
He further stated that, “Using an EKG along with an Echocardiogram as a screening tool, in conjunction with a qualitative physical exam and review of personal and family history, physicians are better able to detect cardiac abnormalities in young athletes. We know we can’t catch everything but if we can identify even just one or two abnormal screens and potentially save a life, is it not worth the extra precaution especially if we can offer them for free so that they are equally accessible to everyone?”
Dr. Alfred Danielian, LVSF and participating cardiologist from HealthCare Partners stated, "The LV Sportz Foundation’s Heart Screening Program for the local community is an effective way to detect conditions that may lead to sudden cardiac death in young athletes."
The LV Sportz Foundation also stated that they are working on doing this type of event on a quarterly basis and are looking at other possible options that include a Concussion Readiness Screening Program and/or sickle-cell screening as well as additional Injury Risk Assessments and more...
The screening events are part of the foundation’s larger Game-Saver Program which also includes low-cost American Red Cross CPR/AED Certification for coaches/team moms, hands-only CPR training for student-athletes and an A.E.D. Loaner program as part of their Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.) Initiative.
Who: The LV Sportz Foundation, Glen Lerner Gives Back, First Person Care Clinic, HealthCare Partners Cardiology, American Institute for Medical Sonography and Phase 1 Sports.
What: Free Sports Physicals and Heart Screenings for Local Student Athletes & Low-Cost CPR/AED Certification Class for Youth Sports Coaches & Team Moms
When: Saturday January 31st, 2014 from 9am to 3pm (CPR/AED Cert Class 10am to 2pm)
Where: First Person Care Clinic, 1200 S. Fourth Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101