All incoming student-athletes participating in varsity-level sports or club rugby, as part of their sports physical, undergo a cardiac screening assessment, which includes history, physical examination and an electrocardiogram (EKG). The purpose of the cardiac assessment and EKG is to help detect conditions that are known to be associated with sudden cardiac death in athletes.
There is no cost for the EKG but if your EKG is abnormal, additional testing will be required. Per our policy, during the cardiac screening assessment, a team physician and a referring cardiologist will be onsite to provide consultation, echocardiogram and interpretation to medically clear the athlete to participate and/or if additional testing is indicated.
If you are a varsity student-athletes or club rugby athlete on the Princeton University Student Health Plan (SHP):
Refer to the SHP Plan Document for the coverage levels for your cardiac testing under "High Cost Procedures Expense" listed under the "Outpatient Expenses" category.
If you are a varsity student-athletes or club rugby athlete on private health insurance:
The cost of the echocardiogram will be billed to your insurance carrier by Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) University Hospital. It is strongly recommended that you contact your insurance carrier prior to arriving on campus to verify whether or not RWJ is in-network with your insurance carrier.
If RWJ is not in-network for your insurance carrier, you will be billed the “Out of Network” rate and it is your responsibility to provide payment to the hospital. Your parent or guardian also has the option to seek testing off-site with an in-network provider.
Please be aware your clearance to participate could be delayed until testing/results are completed.