The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that obesity is one of the leading health concerns for Children in the United States. Shockingly more than 25 million kids are overweight or obese. While physical inactivity is a leading contributor, only about 36 percent of high school students meet the current recommended level of physical activity. Educators have long argued that in addition to the physical benefits of engaging in sports, are the academic rewards. Kids who participate in team sports show improved grades and score better on standardized test scores.
However, many children are unable to participate in school sports because they cannot afford the additional cost of a required sports physical. Additionally, most sports physicals do not include a test called an electrocardiogram which can cost parents on average yet another $100 but can uncover signs of dangerous, irregular heart rhythms and save lives. Be A Player™ provides free sports physical with an ECG to those students for whom the doctor recommends further testing.