S-471

Requires annual physical examination of child under 19 years of age include certain questions related to cardiac health.

NJEA supports S-471 (Madden, Addiego).  This bill requires that an annual physical examination of a child 19 years or younger by a licensed health care professional must include questions that evaluate a child’s family history related to cardiac conditions found in the “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” form.

The bill also requires that the New Jersey Commissioner of Health develop a cardiac screening professional development module to be completed by medical professionals who complete annual medical exams. 

The “Preparticipation Physical Evaluation” form was developed jointly by the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.  Pursuant to P.L. 2013, c. 71, this form is also required for all student athletes in New Jersey public and non-public schools.

NJEA and its affiliate, the New Jersey State School Nurses Association, support this legislation to ensure that a family history of cardiac complications can be thoroughly reviewed before clearing a student for athletic competition, and thereby take necessary precautions to protect the safety of our student athletes. 

NJEA urges you to vote yes on S-471.