High school male athletes are at highest risk of suffering heat illness requiring treatment

Female soccer athletes suffer almost 40% more concussions than male players

Sudden cardiac arrest is the #1 medical cause of death in student athletes

UNDETECTED PRE-EXISTING HEART CONDITIONS

Young lives are lost every week due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest, but there is not enough attention given to the subject or to the families who have experienced tragedy.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest can happen to anyone at any time, but it happens most often to student athletes of high school and college age who are completely unaware they have a heart condition.

Wimbledon Athletics brings comprehensive cardiovascular testing to schools, facilities, and camps across the country to evaluate children and teenagers between the ages of 12-25 for underlying vascular conditions and for cardiac abnormalities that can cause sudden cardiac arrest.

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What is Exertional Heat Illness? (EHI)

When exercising in the heat, our body temperature rises. We sweat in order to release heat and cool the body. As sweating increases, it makes us more dehydrated, which in turn makes the body temp go even higher. Eventually more heat is staying in than can get out, and this becomes EHI.

  • Heat Syncope is sudden dizziness, feeling faint and sometimes fainting experienced during or after exercising in the heat
  • Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures, and it often is accompanied by dehydration
  • Heat Stroke is the most serious form of heat illness and is considered a medical emergency!
Source: Advocates for Injured Athletes

The Impact We Have Made

“It is extremely important that these athletes have their hearts thoroughly checked. Mothers need to understand that we can lose our children! Having the option to address an issue detected through a heart exam is a blessing, and I’m extremely grateful to Wimbledon Athletics for making sure my son got tested.”
Mrs. D'Andrea Powell Dorsey, Mother of Jordan Powell
“I am forever grateful to Wimbledon Athletics for detecting this condition in my son. Knowing Kenny could have died out there on the track had he not been tested is something I think about all the time. I firmly believe all schools ought to be checking their students for these conditions so that more lives can be saved.”
Mrs. Koi Johns, Mother of Kenneth Johns
“I think that most parents are unaware of potential heart problems that could affect their children, like I was, and they don’t know how to get their kids checked out. Parents are dedicated to helping their children succeed in sports and are not thinking about things that can take them out of the game or, worse, cause death. I shiver now when I think about what could have happened to my child – all those years of physical activity with this ticking time bomb in his heart.”
“Young athletes think they are invincible. If they feel fine, they must be fine. Even if there are symptoms, we don’t know they are symptoms. I felt more tired than usual but didn’t associate it with a heart problem. I thought I was out of shape, that I needed to work harder to get stronger. Now that I understand the disease, I see that working out more could have cost me my life. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone.”

Meet Richard Jetter

If it weren’t for the diagnostic test that revealed an underlying heart condition, this 16 year old basketball player could easily have become another tragic statistic of sudden cardiac arrest. Thankfully his condition was detected by an echocardiogram, and Richard Jetter lives to share his story and motivate other young athletes across America to get tested! 

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