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Registration for free athletic screening opens

Student athletes at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools are now able to register to receive free sports screenings during Heart of a Champion Day on June 4.

Participants will receive a free general sports screening, including an electrocardiogram and an echocardiogram to check for heart conditions that could potentially cause sudden death during athletic competition, as well as a musculoskeletal check and a vision examination.

In 2010, more than 2,000 students were screened. Conditions discovered through the initiative included a number of heart irregularities, elevated blood pressure, post-concussion syndrome, uncontrolled asthma, overuse injuries and vision problems.

Rising 10th- 11th- and 12th-graders may complete the necessary forms at www.heartofachampionday.org. Registration will close at midnight on May 27 or when enrollment reaches 2,000 students. The screenings will take place at the Carolinas College of Health Sciences on CMC's campus, 1200 Blythe Boulevard.

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