Operation Screen Your Athlete hosts free clinic for high school students

Published: Nov. 6, 2015 at 11:37 PM CST|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock medical team is coming together this weekend to hopefully prevent cardiac deaths among West Texas athletes.

The event is called Operation Screen Your Athlete: a free clinic to screen athletes that formed after Slaton football player Xavier Ramirez went into cardiac arrest on the field October 23.

"It kind of spawned a discussion on what we could do," co-founder Aaron Cristan said.Once they decided the event would be hosted this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. they made the announcement on their Facebook page last Friday.

By Monday, they were booked with 100 athletes.

Consequently, they had to relocate AeroCare center at North Cedar Avenue for extra space.

"If we can get those athletes screened so their parents feel better every time they put their kids out there on the field, on the court, on the track," Cristan said, "then I feel like our job has been complete."

But Cristan said the overwhelming response a good problem, because they don't want another students to experience what Xavier did.

"We all have a lot of medical contacts, why don't we do something proactive and put together some kind of organization where we can get these athletes screened a little more detailed than what they're doing now?" Cristan said.

Five cardiologists will treat these athletes.

"They're coming in and doing the medical questionnaire and screening, EKGs and if there's something that we see on a EKG that will be evaluated by cardiologists and pediatric cardiologists," Cristan said, "then, that child will have an echo and if anything comes back from that, we'll refer them to the appropriate physician from there."

To preregister for Operation Screen Your Athlete's next free clinic, visit their Facebook page:

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