Wimbledon Health Partners and Historic Grambling State University Partner to Test Student Athletes for Cardiovascular Abnormalities

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Wimbledon Athletics completed the first round of cardiovascular testing on Grambling State University student athletes this week to identify cardiac abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac death and vascular conditions common to athletes.

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Cardiovascular conditions in athletes, especially those affecting a player’s heart, can be a real threat to these young lives. That’s why I am driven to have my teams tested, so that any issues can be dealt with prior to them competing.

Wimbledon Health Partners, the industry leader in on-site diagnostic testing for physicians and athletic programs, successfully completed its first round of cardiovascular testing this week on student athletes at historic Grambling State University (GSU) in Louisiana.

GSU’s Grambling Tigers participate in NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), and the university is the home of late head football coach Eddie Robinson, Sr.—one of the greatest coaches in history. Grambling’s fall sports teams, including football and volleyball players, were the first to undergo Wimbledon Athletics’ comprehensive cardiovascular testing to identify cardiac abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac death and vascular conditions common to athletes, such as blood clots. The university will continue to have their teams tested on an ongoing basis to ensure all student athletes are participating safely.

GSU’s seasoned Director of Sports Medicine, Vernita R. Young, M.A., ATC/LAT, is committed to making sure her athletes are safe to compete, and that goes beyond merely preventing and caring for physical injuries. “Cardiovascular conditions in athletes, especially those affecting a player’s heart, can be a real threat to these young lives. That’s why I am driven to have my teams tested, so that any issues can be dealt with prior to them competing,” says Young.

Ms. Young first heard about Wimbledon Health Partners’ comprehensive testing program during a presentation to head athletic trainers at SWAC schools given by Jessie Zucnick-Kimbugwe, M.S., ATC/LAT, Director of Sports Medicine at Alabama A&M University. Alabama A&M partnered with Wimbledon Athletics to test its student athletes for cardiovascular abnormalities last year. Wimbledon Health Partners is currently discussing possible test dates with several other schools in the Southwest Atlantic Conference to test their student athletes in the coming months.

About Wimbledon Health Partners:

Wimbledon Health Partners formed in 2013 to meet the need for on-site diagnostic testing at physicians’ offices. The industry leader, Wimbledon Health Partners provides physicians with state-of-the-art, in-office testing to detect circulatory conditions and cardiac abnormalities using vascular ultrasound and echocardiography.

About Wimbledon Athletics:

Wimbledon Athletics, the newest division of Wimbledon Health Partners, is pioneering the way for high schools, colleges, universities, and sports facilities to test students for vascular conditions and for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities to help minimize sudden cardiac death among young athletes.

For more information on how your office or school can partner with Wimbledon Health Partners, visit us at http://www.dxtesting.com or call us at (855) 200-8262.

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