It was only last month that a seemingly healthy high school lacrosse player from Monmouth County died during a scrimmage of an undetected genetic heart condition. Concussions are on the rise for young athletes and if not diagnosed and treated correctly could cause problems for life. The Matthew J. Morahan III Health Assessment Center for Athletes was created to help child athletes safely enjoy the sports and games they play while providing a sense of relief to parents.

On Saturday, October 14 from 8am-noon Community Medical Center in Toms River in collaboration with The Morahan Center will provide free cardiac and concussion screenings to children ages 5 and older. Free concussion screenings are for children 5-18 while cardiac screenings are being offered to children 6-18.

In both cases, pre-registration is required as space is limited. To register and schedule an appointment it is suggested you email teamlink@rwjbh.org.

Screenings are free and a parent or guardian must be present. For more information visit www.barnabashealth.org/community and click on events.