September 7, 2016


The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) has worked closely with the NBPA to support its effort to provide all members in NBA cities with comprehensive, no-cost cardiac exams. As the program enters its second half for 2016, members are encouraged to attend dates set for Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York. Members in these markets will receive specific details on registration in the coming weeks.

The confirmed dates and locations are:

October 1: Los Angeles Clippers Training Center - 6951 S Centinela Ave, Playa Vista, CA 90094

October 22: American Airlines Center - 2500 Victory Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

November 5: NBPA Facility - 1133 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10036

NBRPA members took part in the exams at the NBRPA’s Legends World Sports Conference in Las Vegas in July. National Basketball Players Association Director of Sports Medicine Joe Rogowski was on hand and spoke on the importance of the screenings.

“This heart screening program is a first step in taking a pro active approach to players healthcare,” he said. “We want to introduce guys with cardiologists who are here on site and from that, they are able to have a relationship with them for future instances.”

The comprehensive screenings include:
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. A consultation with a group of cardiologists to discuss the test results and recommendations for further testing and treatment, if indicated.

To read more about the program, click here. For more information, please contact Scott Rochelle at 312-913-9400 or SRochelle@legendsofbasketball.com.

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, La Rue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.