School of the Month

Cy Woods High School - September 2012
It has been a busy summer for Cy Woods High School. Recent graduates from the high school have moved on to participating in college athletics and the Olympics. All of the students participating at a higher level were part of the cardiac screening process while in high school. Olympians got additional screening as mandated by the Olympic Committee. Cy Woods expanded their program this year along with all other Cy Fair schools to include band and drill team. New machines were purchased by the district and the school nurses were trained on the screening process. 

Flatonia High School - August 2012
Flatonia offered cardiac screening for the first time this year during the start of two-a-days. Fifty four students were screened and only three were asked to perform a follow up screening. One of the benefits of screening to them is that the closest regional medical center is 30 miles away and the Cardiologist at the center does not see kids. The three students that needed a follow up did have to drive to another town for a limited Echocardiogram but 51 students were cleared as low risk. One parent said that this was a very good program and it gave her comfort that her child was screened.

July 2012 - SWATA Conference

This isn't really a school of the month entry but an acknowledgement that many Athletic Trainers traveled to Dallas for the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association and attended discussions about student athlete safety. If you didn't go, plan on attending the one in Houston next year. 

Cy Lakes High School - March 2012
The trainers at Cy Lakes high school screen students throughout the year. As a new sport begins, they screen students as they come in to get equipment, taped, or ready for an upcoming game. By keeping a machine on hand and borrowing machines when they have big groups starting a new season, they are able to screen hundreds of students throughout the year. In March, Cy Fair ISD decided to expand screening to band and cheerleading. The athletic trainers will be teaching the school nurses and medical staff how to use the ECG machines and effectively double the number of students screened each year. The district approved acquisition of new ECG machines and training time to best use this equipment.

Hargrave High School - 2011
Screening by school nurse leads to surgery

ECG Reveals Student's Deadly Secret:

Schulenburg ISD - Jan 2012

Schulenburg ISD is located about halfway between Houston and San Antonio. Although Schulenburg is not the county seat as well as one of the larger towns in the area with about 2700 people living in the city. The school requested that we be part of a spring health focus. They received a grant from the National Football League and the Play60 program to encourage their kids to be more active and participate in sports. We screened 58 athletes in all sports for a cost of $15 per student and only three were requested to have a follow up echocardiogram. This represents about 35% of the student athlete population and 20% of the total high school population. 

Fayetteville ISD - Oct 2011

Fayetteville ISD is located twelve miles east of La Grange in the city of Fayetteville. The population of Fayetteville is 261 people which supports one high school, a middle school, and elementary school. The Athletic Director and Superintendent talked to us about doing cardiac screening of their students just after the school year started. The high school serves the surrounding agriculture community and has 121 students. In late October we screened 29 students and faculty and categorized all but one student and one teacher as low risk. The student has since been seen by the Austin Heart Clinic in La Grange and ran in a cross country meet days after his follow up visit. The screening took less than three hours using one machine and one technician. This screening was one of our most unusual in that we screened more coaches and teachers than we did students. There were fourteen students screened at $15 per student and fifteen coaches and teachers at no charge. Overall we screened just over 10% of the population of the town, 50% of the teaching staff of the high school, and 20% of the athletes at the school. 

Huffman ISD - Sept 2011

Hargrave High School is located north east of Houston just off Lake Houston. The school has just over 900 students and an active athletic population. The school nurse suggested cardiac screening to the board of directors as something that she wanted to start this school year. The school board listened to the reasons and suggested making the program a requirement for participation in athletics, band, ROTC, and cheerleading. They started their screening program on July 30th as football players showed up to get their pads and the volleyball team prepared to travel to a clinic. In a six hour period just over 400 students were screened with the remaining students screened over the next month. The idea of screening went from a suggestion to the board to a requirement for participation in a few weeks. One student was identified as high risk while another while participating in the first band practice of the summer collapsed and went to the hospital for injuries sustained from falling on the cement. Students that did not participate in fall athletics will be screened through the month of October as they prepare for spring sports.

Greenwood High School - Aug 2011

Greenwood is an unincorporated town just east of Midland with just over 500 students at the high school. In August 2011 we screened 25% of the student population days after the start of the school year. Greenwood has access to medical services by driving into Midland which is less than 20 miles to the west on Interstate 20. The town is primarily an agriculture and petroleum services community. Despite two screenings at Midland Regional Medical Center during the summer less than 10% of the student athletes took advantage of the services. To improve the number of athletes screened, the administration invited us to screen students during the school day. Rather than having students work out during their physical education class the students went to the training room to get screened. Given that it was 105 degrees outside, cardiac screening was a good alternative to running laps on the track. Students from service organizations at the school assisted with screening by entering student data as their classmates were screened. Screening started at 8am and finished just before the end of school. Overall, 50% of all athletes received cardiac screening and about 4% needed to have follow up Echo exams with none identified as high risk. A few coaches and teachers were also screened to help promote cardiac health at the school.