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Carolinas HealthCare offers free health screenings for Charlotte-area student athletes

Student-athletes from Charlotte-area high schools can get free athletic screenings, with extra attention to undetected heart problems, on four Saturdays in May and June.

“Heart of a Champion” screenings, sponsored by Carolinas HealthCare System, check for abnormalities that could lead to sudden death and may include an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram. Neither test is offered during routine athletic screenings. Also included are orthopedic and general medical screenings.

Schools are assigned to specific dates and locations:

May 10: Fort Mill and Nation Ford high schools, at CMC-Fort Mill Medical Plaza, 704 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill.

May 17: North Lincoln, East Lincoln, West Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and Lincolnton high schools, at CMC-Lincoln Medical Plaza, 441 McAlister Road, Lincolnton.

May 31: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, at Carolinas College of Health Sciences, 1200 Blythe Blvd., Charlotte.

June 7: Northside Christian Academy, Metrolina Christian, Union Academy, Anson County and Carmel Christian high schools, at Union West Medical Plaza, 6030 W. Highway 74, Indian Trail.

Advance registration is required: http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/heart-of-a-champion; click on “Student Registration” at the left side of the page.

Karen Garloch

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