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Beyond the Basics: Why an EKG is Your Secret Weapon for Sports Physicals

The roar of the crowd fades as your vision blurs. The world seems to slow down, then stops entirely. This chilling scenario, sadly, becomes a reality for some young athletes who experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) on the field. While these incidents are rare, they often involve individuals with undiagnosed heart conditions. 

News headlines, like the recent case of Jake West, serve as stark reminders of the importance of proactive health measures for athletes of all ages. While standard sports physicals are crucial, some athletes may benefit from going above and beyond with an electrocardiogram (EKG)

What is an EKG and why might you need it? 

Think of an EKG as a peek inside your heart's electrical system. It's a painless test that measures the electrical activity of your heart, revealing its rhythm and any potential abnormalities. While not mandatory for every athlete under the University Interscholastic League (UIL) in Texas, an EKG can be particularly beneficial for: 

  • Athletes with a family history of heart disease: If heart conditions run in your family, an EKG can offer valuable peace of mind by detecting any early signs of potential issues. 

  • Those participating in high-intensity sports: Activities like football, basketball, and competitive running put significant strain on the heart. An EKG can identify any underlying concerns before they escalate during intense workouts or competition. 

  • Athletes experiencing unusual heart symptoms: If you've noticed any irregularities like heart palpitations, dizziness, or chest tightness, an EKG can help determine the source and ensure you're participating safely. 

What can an EKG potentially prevent? 

Early detection is key in preventing serious health complications, including SCA. As highlighted by the UIL's own Sudden Cardiac Awareness Form, early detection through screenings like EKGs can play a crucial role in identifying athletes at higher risk, allowing for further evaluation and potentially life-saving interventions.


  • At Healthcare Express, we offer: 

    • Comprehensive sports physicals for only $38! 
    • Convenient online booking to schedule your appointment at your own pace. 
    • The ability to walk in to any of our clinics if that better suits your needs. 
    • The option to add an EKG to your sports physical simply by letting our team know at the time of service. 

Don't underestimate the power of an EKG. It can be your secret weapon for a safe and successful season, allowing you to compete with confidence and peace of mind. 

Schedule your affordable sports physical with an optional EKG today at Healthcare Express and get ready to dominate the game!