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July 22nd, 2017

Sports Physicals and Cardiac Screenings
Annual Lovejoy Sports Medicine Fundraiser

For your convenience, the Lovejoy Sports Medicine Department is offering sports physicals and hosting WHO WE PLAY FOR for cardiac screenings. Physicals and cardiac screens are open to all 2017-18 incoming 7th – 12th grade student-athletes. A parent or guardian should attend with the student to sign permission forms.

Location:  Willow Springs Middle School, 1101 W. Lucas Road, Lucas, TX 75002

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6962FVS
for each student attending physicals and/or cardiac screenings.
Capacity is limited. The survey will close when capacity is full.

Cost: $20 for physicals, payable to Lovejoy Athletics.
Cost: $15 for cardiac screen, payable to WHO WE PLAY FOR
Payment  and consent forms due at WSMS on July 22nd.
Checks or cash only. No credit cards.

Lovejoy ISD requires that every student-athlete in grades 7 through 12 receive an annual physical prior to participation in sports. For more information about sports physicals, please scroll down.

The cardiac screen is not required for participation in athletics at Lovejoy ISD but it is highly recommended. WHO WE PLAY FOR recommends testing at least once during middle school and once during high school unless the athlete has a huge growth spurt then testing is recommended twice during high school.  Lovejoy ISD’s Athletic Department cares about your child’s heart health, so we are partnering with the WHO WE PLAY FOR to screen athletes with an ECG (electrocardiogram). An ECG, also known as an EKG, can detect issues in the heart that can be missed in a standard physical. Please consider signing your child up for this very important screening.  For more information about cardiac screens, please scroll down.

This is a fundraising event and we appreciate your support!


More information about Sports Physicals – 

The physical examination consists of the parent or guardian completing a medical history followed by a thorough medical and orthopedic assessment by a host of qualified nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians.

All students must wear shorts and t-shirt.  Girls must wear a sports bra.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about sports physicals:

Is a physical required?
Yes! Lovejoy ISD requires that every student-athlete in grades 7 through 12 receive an annual physical and complete the LISD-issued Athletics Information Online forms Rank One Online Forms before a student can participate in any tryout, practice, off-season practice or competition.

Where can I get the Physical Form?
The physical form (orange in color) will be given to your athlete.  Physical forms will be available on July 22nd at WSMS.  Or you may pick up a physical form at any of the following locations:  LISD Athletic Office, LISD Administration Office, LHS Office, or WSMS Office. We also have a box in front of the field house at the south end of the stadium for 24 hour access.  This box is on the ground attached to the gates of the breezeway.  All athletes must use the LISD issued physical form (orange in color).   All required forms (except physical forms) will be online at Rank One – Rank One Online Forms.

When are physicals due?
For High School Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country, physicals and online forms are due on or before the first day of practice – Rank One Online Forms.
For all other High School sports, physicals and online forms are due on or before the first day of school – Rank One Online Forms.
For Willow Springs Middle School athletes, physicals and online forms should be turned in on your “class schedule pick up day”  before school starts in August.

Where do I turn in my Physical Form?
All physical forms are filed in the LHS Athletic Trainer’s office. You may turn in your physical form to your school’s front office and they will forward to the LHS Head Athletic Trainer. Or you may turn in your physical form to the LISD Athletic Office or the LISD Administration Office. 

Does Lovejoy offer sports physicals?
Yes! For your convenience, the LISD Sports Physicals fund raising event is offered annually by the LISD Sports Medicine Department. This is a fund raising event and we appreciate your support. All funds raised will benefit the LISD Sports Medicine Department and support our student-athletes. The physical examination consists of the parent /
guardian completing a medical history followed by a thorough medical and orthopedic assessment by a host of qualified nurses, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians.

Do I need to make an appointment to attend the Lovejoy Sports Medicine sports physicals fund raising event?
Please RSVP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6962FVS for each student attending physicals and/or cardiac screenings. Capacity is limited. The survey will close when capacity is full.  If you have completed the RSVP, you may arrive any time during the times listed above.  First come ~ First Serve.   

Do I have to attend the Lovejoy Sports Medicine sports physicals fund raising event?
No. While Lovejoy does require every athlete to have an annual physical, you may go elsewhere to complete this exam. Please carry the LISD-issued Physical Form (orange in color) with you to the doctor or clinic. The physical form (orange in color) must be used regardless of where you go for the exam. CareNow offers sports physicals – www.carenow.com

I just completed my physical in February.  Do I have to get another physical this summer?
No, however, you will still need to complete the LISD Athletics Online Forms Rank One Online Forms before you can tryout, practice or compete. We track the date the doctor signed your last physical. Your physical is good for one year from that date. Please contact the LISD Athletic Office for physical forms.


More information about Cardiac Screenings from WHO WE PLAY FOR:  

Cardiac screening should be part of your physical at least once during middle school and once during high school unless the athlete has a huge growth spurt then testing is recommended twice during high school. The level of competition and effort required to compete increases significantly. Students who defined themselves as outstanding athletes in middle school learn how to push their bodies to new levels as their peers mature and get bigger and stronger. The human body changes during puberty externally in a variety of ways as well as internally. One of these internal changes is the structure of the heart. Genetic factors define the final structure of the heart at a time where additional stresses are being placed on the heart and lungs during practice and games.

Cardiac screening can be done to detect a variety of potentially catastrophic genetic diseases. The simplest level of testing is an Electrocardiogram (ECG). This test looks at the electrical signals that the heart uses to contract and circulate blood through the body and lungs. The test takes 12 seconds and requires electrodes to be placed around the heart to record the signals that it produces. A Cardiologist can look at the signal and detect a large number of heart diseases based on the timing of muscles contracting, valves opening and closing, and muscles releasing. Diseases like Hypertrophic Cardiomyopath (HCM), Long QT Syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White Disease, Arrhythmia, and Abnormal Right Ventricular Disease can be detected with an ECG. On average 95% of all student athletes have no problems or issues.

In some athletes, about 4.5%, results are inconclusive or suggest something that an ECG can not detect and an Echocardiogram (Echo) is recommended. Ultrasound is used to get a picture of the heart using sound waves. This is similar to a sonogram that is done to look at a baby in the mother’s womb.

The picture looks for valve and vein structure, muscle thickness, and proper operation of the heart. This in conjunction with an ECG can detect diseases like Brugada Syndorome or occlusions of the aorta and veins.

Cardiac screening helps detect the one in two thousand student athletes that are at risk for sudden cardiac death (0.5% overall). A recent study of NCAA participants shows that male basketball players have a one in three thousand chance of collapsing on the court from heart conditions. The odds are similar for lacrosse, water polo, and cross country.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about cardiac screenings:

Why should my child get a cardiac screening?
The human body changes during puberty both externally and internally in a variety of ways. One of these internal changes is the structure of the heart. In middle school, student athletes learn how to push their bodies to new levels as they mature and get bigger and stronger. Because of these physical changes and the increased stresses on a student athlete’s heart, cardiac screening should be part of a physical at least once during middle school and once during high school unless the athlete has a huge growth spurt then testing is recommended twice during high school.  A simple cardiac screening can help detect problems before they become major medical issues. While we recommend all student athletes get an ECG, you should definitely be screened if you:

  • compete in high impact sports that increases your heart rate for long periods of time
  • have a family history indicating that there is a heart disease risk
  • get dizziness during athletics
  • experience fainting spells or weakness while participating
  • get shortness of breath that does not clear quickly
  • get chest pain while participating

How is the cardiac screening done?
Cardiac screening can be done to detect a variety of potentially catastrophic genetic diseases. The simplest level of testing is an Electrocardiogram (ECG). This test looks at the electrical signals that the heart uses to contract and circulate blood through the body and lungs. An ECG takes four minutes start to finish and requires electrodes to be placed around the heart to record the signals that it produces. A Cardiologist familiar with the student athlete heart can detect a large number of heart diseases based on the timing of muscles contracting, valves opening and closing, and muscles releasing. Diseases like Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) or thickening of the heart, Long QT Syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White Disease, Arrhythmia, and Abnormal Right Ventricular Disease, which are all electrical conduction issues, can be detected with an ECG.

How often do you find a problem?
On average 95% of all student athletes have no problems or issues.

In about 4.5% of all athletes, results are inconclusive or suggest something that an ECG cannot verify, and an Echocardiogram (Echo) is recommended. The Echo is used to get a picture of the heart using sound waves. This is similar to an ultrasound to look at a baby during pregnancy. The Echo looks for valve and vein structure, muscle thickness, and proper operation of the heart. This, in conjunction with an ECG, can detect diseases like Brugada Syndrome or Occlusions of the aorta and veins.

Most rarely, but most importantly, we find that 1 in 2000 student athletes are at risk for sudden cardiac death (0.5% overall).

Will I see the results of my child’s ECG?
Yes. We will return an interpretation to the school within 2-3 business days with a diagnosis of low risk, follow-up or high risk. A copy of the ECG will be returned as well as information about a potential diagnosis in cases of follow up or high risk designation.

Who reads the ECG?
WHO WE PLAY FOR has trained Cardiologists on staff who have read more than 25,000 student athlete ECGs since we began in 2000. They are uniquely qualified to read this particular population – the student athlete.

What if my child needs a follow-up?
The diagnosis will include some documentation on what the potential problem might be. We will provide the names and phone numbers of some recommended doctors to visit in your area. Even if your child is flagged for a follow-up, he or she can continue participating in the school’s sports program. You’ll just need to have your child visit a Cardiologist within 3 months to determine why the ECG came back abnormal.

What if my child is considered high risk?
If your child is flagged as high risk, he or she should not participate in sports in any way (practice, games, scrimmages, etc) until he or she has seen a specialist and received clearance or treatment. If you don’t have one already, we will offer the contact information of Cardiologists in your area.

How much will this cost?
The ECG is just $15 per student. A typical doctor’s appointment with ECG costs $100 and up.

Isn’t this covered with the annual physical?
The annual physical exam asks family history questions, and requires a doctor to listen to the student’s heart with a stethoscope. Studies have shown that this is just 1% effective in catching heart disease. Adding ECG screening improves the effectiveness in catching heart issues up to 85%. Pediatricians, Orthopedists and Chiropractors perform most physicals, and generally do not have the equipment on-hand to perform the necessary test or follow-up exam regarding heart health. Our Cardiologists have special training on this particular population, the student athlete, which results in more accurate exams.

Do we need to do this every year?
Cardiac screening should be part of a physical at least once during middle school and once during high school unless the athlete has a huge growth spurt then testing is recommended twice during high school due to the physical changes and the increased stresses on a student athlete’s heart which occur during that timeframe. If your child is considered low-risk then those are the only times recommended to get an ECG before adulthood.

Are boys and girls screened together?
No.  Arrangements are made for privacy.

Where can I find more information?
You can visit whoweplayfor.org or call 713-487-6704 or contact the Lovejoy Athletic Office.

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