School takes extra step, gives student athletes cardio exams

School takes extra step, gives student athletes cardio exams

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by RICHARD DEVAYNE / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 5:20 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For the first three days of this week, Charlotte Christian students are taking cardiac screens in addition to their normal running, weightlifting and other drills to get ready for the upcoming season.

"We don't know, underlying, what’s going on in the heart, or any issues that they may have. So, these screenings are excellent to have so that we know exactly what we're dealing with with each individual athlete," said line coach Kevin Donnalley, who is also the weight training coach at the school.

"Going into seasons, we know exactly if there's something we have to deal with," he said.

The school has brought in Ohio-based company mCore to provide screenings for all its student athletes.

Each student gets electrocardiogram and an echocardiography.

mCore uses a mobile technology that was developed for the military and greatly reduces the cost.

"It takes about 15 minutes to complete," said Anthony Susi, mCore screening coordinator, "Awareness and education are our biggest goals."

The tests could normally cost parents as much as $4,000, but mCore makes the screens available for only $75.

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