Each FCPS Athletic Training Program will host a pre-participation screening event this spring. Licensed athletic trainers, physical therapists, EMTs, nurses, and parents will volunteer their time and expertise to provide thorough screenings for FCPS student athletes. PPEs are provided at 25 separate locations during May and June of each year. Participating in school a PPE event not only supports the school's athletic training program, but offers a convenient mechanism to ensure your son or daughter's physical is valid and on file for all summer conditioning sessions, "Green Day" practices, and school-sponsored athletics and activities.
A schedule for the FCPS Athletic Training Program PPEs is listed below. Registration for these events is now open.
You can also have your child's pediatrician or family physician complete the VHSL Sports Physical- please remember to use the correct VHSL PPE form. Only the March 2013 VHSL PPE form will be accepted.
Volunteers - Medical
Certain conditions causing sudden cardiac death can be identified by a simple EKG screening. In partnership with FCPS and with the support of Children’s National Medical Center and INOVA Hospital, The Ryan Lopynski Big Heart Foundation will provide free EKG screenings at 7 FCPS high schools this spring. In 2009, Ryan Lopynski, a Robinson High School graduate, died of sudden cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart. He was only 18 years old. He had no symptoms. If you are interested in a free EKG screening for your student athlete, please go to the following web site and sign up: www.ryanlopynski.org.
While several free EKG (ECG) screenings are being conducted concurrently with FCPS sponsored pre-participation screenings (PPE), please remember that these are separate events and initiatives. Neither FCPS or the Virginia High School League, nor leading medical authorities require students to have an EKG prior to participating in school sponsored athletics. While an EKG may provide valuable information in identifying conditions which may lead to sudden cardiac death (SCD), it is a screening test - additional testing and medical consultation may be required to confirm a diagnosis, as well as determine the nature and severity of any underlying medical condition. Individuals with "positive" EKG findings may be restricted from sports participation by a medical professional pending the result of further evaluation.
The certified athletic trainer (ATC) is a tremendous resource for information regarding sports medicine topics. Please contact the ATC's at your child's school if you have any questions. You may also contact the Athletic Training Program Administrator at 571 423-1264
April 14, 2014