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NEW: BPS District ECG Test Requirement To Play Athletics For 2019-20 School Year
Brevard Public Schools is creating a policy mandating electrocardiogram (ECG) testing for all our student athletes. Electrocardiograms help identify athletes who may be at risk for sudden death from loss of heart function. An ECG may also assist with diagnosing several different heart conditions that put athletes at risk. Brevard Public Schools recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Who We Play For (WWPF), an organization committed to early identification of cardiac conditions in student athletes.
At the bottom of this note is a list of ECG Heart Screenings being offered starting Saturday June 1 at locations across Brevard County.
ECG Testing will be REQUIRED for all Winter sports.
WHAT'S NEXT: The policy-creation process has several steps and multiple opportunities for community discussion and input. Our anticipated timeline will be to hold a Board Workshop in July, a Board Work Session in August, and to present a policy to the Board for approval in September.
Prior to policy revision, however, Brevard Public Schools will be adding an ECG Consent/Opt Out Form to all 2019-2020 athletic packets. All student athletes in grades 7–12, who plan on participating in Fall sports, will need a completed ECG Consent/Opt Out Form. The ECG Consent/Opt-Out Form either gives WWPF permission to administer an ECG at one of several dates already established around the county or allows parents/guardians to decline and ‘opt out’ of testing. Regardless of which decision parents/guardians make related to ECG testing, the ECG Consent/Opt Out Form is required for athletic participating for the 2019/20 school year.
As Brevard Public Schools is moving toward mandating not just ECG Consent/Opt Out Form, but the ECG testing itself, we want to highly encourage parents/guardians to take advantage of our currently scheduled ECG Testing. Students will be able to have the ECG done at the dates and times listed at a cost of $20. If a student qualifies for free or reduced lunch status, they are eligible for a free screening through Who We Play For.
If a student’s screening comes back as needing “follow-up” or with a “high risk” designation, they will not be allowed to participate in athletics until he/she receives a medical release indicating that the student followed up with a physician and the physician has released them to fully participate in athletics.
If parents/guardians have a previously completed ECG or would like their child to have an ECG completed by their personal physician, documentation should be included as part of the required physical forms.
Below are the updated screening dates available for ALL athletes and interested students across Brevard until school starts.
Every participant can register online here: https://www.whoweplayfor.org/screening.
When they register online and they select a time, it's likely there will be no wait.
1) July 12,17,19, 24, 26 @ 3D Sports Medicine (141 Coconut Dr. Indiatlantic, Fl. 32903)
2) July 20th, Saturday, @Centerpoint Church Community Heart Screening (Palm Bay- 891 Coply St. SE. Palm Bay, FL 32909)
3) July 20th, Saturday, @Viera Hawks Football Little League (2300 Judge Fran Jamison Way, Melbourne, FL 32940) at concession stands
4) July 20th, Saturday, @Palm Bay Magnet HS (101 Pirate Ln, Melbourne, FL 32901)
5) July 25th, Thursday, @Astronaut High School Community Heart Screening
(800 War Eagle Blvd. Titusville, Florida 32796)
6) July 26th, Friday, @Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High school (1500 Minuteman Causeway, Cocoa Beach, Fl.32931)
7) July 27th, Saturday @Max K. Rhodes Youth Football Fields West Melbourne
8) July 27th, Saturday, @PSJ Parrish Physicals (951 N. Washington Ave. Titusville, Fl. 32796)
9) July 29th, Monday, @Cocoa Jr/Sr High School (2000 Tiger Trail Cocoa, Fl.)
10) August 1st, Thursday, @Merritt Island High School for Merritt Island High Students during school registration
The following is a public service announcement created by the athletes from the Cape Coast Conference. The student athletes in the Cape Coast Conference pride themselves on sportsmanship and fair play. What athletes and spectators do and say during sports events is a reflection on your team, school, community, and most importantly yourself. Good Luck and enjoy the event.
2019-20 Athletic Packet Completion Information
Physical / Consent Forms Information
- Student Athlete’s physical and consent forms (EL2, EL3, EL3CH, EL3CH Addendum) are good for one year. After a year has passed, the Student Athlete will not be able to participate in any school sports until all four new forms (EL2, EL3, EL3CH, EL3CH Addendum) are completed. This includes trying out for a team. Incomplete paperwork = no try outs or participation.
- Please make sure all forms are signed and completed. Some frequently missed items are: doctor signature on EL2, health insurance policy number on EL3, parent and student signatures on all forms.
- Original copies of the completed forms need to be turned into the coachof the first sport you are trying out for.
- Please keep copies of your forms to give to coaches of other sports the Student Athlete will try out for(Example: if you try out for volleyball which is in the fall, and you are trying out for soccer which is in the winter, you will give the original to the volleyball coach and another copy to the soccer coach).
Sports Physicals are a $10 donation
"Who We Play For" will also have ECG heart screenings available for a $20 fee.