“Introducing an EKG test as a preventable measure could detect two thirds of “deadly, concealed heart trouble aggravated by exercise in competition.” – National Athletic Trainer’s Association, NATA
David Carle was a 19 year old playing hockey on scholarship at University of Denver when he was invited to the NHL Scouting Combine for a workout. After his workout, he was given a physical which included the cardiac screen. This is when he found out he had HCM (enlarged heart) and would not be able to continue playing competitive hockey. David had an internal defibrillator (ICD) placed in his chest and went on to be a player/coach for DU and is currently studying for his MBA and is an All-Star advocate for the Play With Heart Foundation.
Project Play with Heart was created by a group of concerned parents, coaches and medical professionals as a primary prevention initiative to combat sudden cardiac death of our youth athletes. Spawned from stories of athletes like David Carle, PWH has decided to offer youth sports health fairs with a focus on providing subsidized primary prevention cardiac screens and education to youth athletes 6-18 years of age.
Each sports health fair event will consist of the primary prevention screen, as well as demonstrations, presentations and vendors that will provide relevant education and information to the participants which include athletes, coaches and parents. In partnership with national sponsors like Philips Healthcare as well as local media, medical volunteers, schools and sports entities, this program plans to screen athletes nationwide and promote our mission and message to save lives.
*** This program is under construction and will be released in 2014. If you would like to host a screen for your team, club or school, please Contact Us.