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Rotary After 5 Donates $6,000 to Advance Local Sports Physicals - BISD Sports Physicals Set for May 13

5/11/2015



Rotary After 5 donated $6,000 to fund EKGs sports physicals at BISD. Brazosport Regional Health System will once again host the sports physicals on Wednesday, May 13 at the Lake Jackson Intermediate School from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Sports physicals are essential for athletes to determine whether it is safe for them to participate in a particular sport.

Now possible by the help of Rotary After 5, Brazosport Regional will provide on-site electrocardiograms (EKGs) as part of the physical. Rotary After 5 generously donated $6,000 to help fund the EKGs. Rotary members are neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens that have a passion for both community service and friendship. In addition to the monetary donation, The After 5 Rotarians will volunteer their time to help make the event a success.

Screening athletes for heart conditions may help prevent sudden cardiac deaths. EKGs can detect problems with the electrical activity of the heart. According to WebMD, EKGs are quick, safe, and painless tests that assess the heart rhythm, diagnose poor blood flow to the heart muscle, diagnose a heart attack, and evaluate certain abnormalities of the heart. 

The state of Texas requires all kids and teens to have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season.  The two main parts of the physical is the medical history and physical exam. The goals of the sports physicals are to evaluate an athlete’s general health, current fitness level, risk of injury, and physical well-being. 

The physical exam will be completed by medical professionals from Brazosport Regional including board-certified medical doctors and certified family nurse practitioners, alongside Dr. Charles Vega, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. The EKGs will be read by Dr. Scott Harris from Brazosport Cardiology.

Sports physicals on May 13 are just $10 and no appointment is needed. It is asked that parents accompany their athlete to sign the consent forms. For additional information about sports physicals, please call Gary Holler at 979-230-7000, ext. 28218 or Elizabeth Wilson at 979-730-7000, ext. 12359.


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