November 7, 2016

National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) members were on hand to take part in National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) comprehensive heart screening exams in New York, New York this past weekend at the NBPA Headquarters.

NBRPA member Nate Archibald spoke to ESPN.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk about the value of the heart screenings:

"It's essential," said Archibald, who participated in the NBPA's eighth screening this weekend in New York. "(If there were screenings) a long time ago... you might have saved a couple of players."

The screenings this Saturday were the eighth of their kind hosted by the NBPA. The response to the screenings has been tremendous and participation has exceeded expectations. The NBRPA will continue to assist this initiative as the NBPA plans to continue the heart screening initiative into 2017.

Players who attend the screenings receive: 1) a medical history evaluation checking for heart disease risk factors; 2) full echocardiogram checking for problems with heart muscles and valves; 3) carotid ultrasound checking for thickness of the carotid wall as an indication of atherosclerosis; 4) blood pressure and a resting 12-lead EKG checking for arrhythmias and heart muscle damage; 5) LabCorp-performed blood work and a complete lipid panel checking for cholesterol and triglyceride levels; and 6) consultation with a group of cardiologists to discuss the test results and recommendations for further testing and treatment, if indicated.

The NBRPA has worked closely with the NBPA to support its effort to provide all members in NBA cities with comprehensive, no-cost cardiac exams. The NBRPA will continue to provide information on future screening exams when they become available. Members seeking further information can contact Scott Rochelle at 312-913-9400 or SRochelle@legendsofbasketball.com. Members can also read more about the NBRPA’s health screening exams here.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.