Navigation Links
Screening Alone Not Enough to Prevent Sudden Death in College Athletes
Date:12/20/2011

TUESDAY, Dec. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Precautionary measures need to be used in conjunction with screening to protect all college athletes from sudden death related to overexertion and exhaustion, researchers say.

After a college football player died from complications due to sickle cell trait during a workout, the NCAA implemented mandatory screening of all Division I student athletes.

University of Michigan researchers evaluated the effect of the policy and concluded that screening tests alone would help identify more than 2,000 athletes with sickle cell trait, but they added that screening alone is not enough.

Having sickle cell trait, which occurs primarily in African Americans, means carrying one gene for sickle cell disease, rather than having the condition. However, carrying the trait alone has previously been found to increase the risk of sudden death. Dehydration and exercising in intense heat can increase the risk for carriers.

"Although the policy is well-intentioned, screening is just the first step," lead author Dr. Beth Tarini, an assistant professor in the pediatrics and communicable diseases department, said in a university news release. "In addition to educating athletes and staff, precautionary measures need to be strictly enforced," she added.

"The culture in sports to push ourselves dangerously beyond our limits is powerful," Tarini said. "Implementing policies to identify those at risk provides a false sense of security if we aren't diligent about monitoring and protecting the health and safety of our student athletes."

Without a strictly enforced universal intervention policy, about seven NCAA Division I athletes would die suddenly as a complication of sickle cell trait over a 10-year period, the researchers concluded.

"In the end, enforcing safe training measures to protect all NCAA student-athletes -- not just those in Division I -- from sudden death related to [sickle cell trait] will benefit all athletes," Tarini said. "That's a win-win situation from a policy perspective."

The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print edition of the journal Health Services Research.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has more about sickle cell trait.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of Michigan Health System, news release, Dec. 9, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. CVS/pharmacy Begins Free Health Screenings in Communities Nationwide Through A Su Salud Program
2. New screening system for hepatitis C
3. News brief: Benefit of HPV Vaccination, Frequent Screening for Women over 41 is Likely to be Low
4. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Florida HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
5. Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; Massachusetts HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
6. Life Line Screening Joins Center for Health Transformation
7. EarthTrade Water to Hold a Private Screening of Tapped - The Movie: The Truth About Bottled Water Revealed During ExpoWest
8. Breast cancer screening: No added value through mammography
9. Researchers find that sociodemographic characteristics are related to a patients willingness to participate in cancer screenings
10. Blood Draw Dilemma: New Summit Health Article Helps Employers Choose the Best Screening Method
11. New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Unveiled
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Screening Alone Not Enough to Prevent Sudden Death in College Athletes
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... , ... On Memorial Day, Hope For Heroes and USA Medical ... for the country. The nonprofit Hope For Heroes partnered with the leading provider ... for disabled military veterans, as well as police, firemen, and EMS professionals across the ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Cardiac arrhythmia is ... impact on long-term patient survival, reports a team of UPMC researchers in the ... in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, provide critical information that will ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... Hampshire (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2016 , ... MadgeTech ... are designed, engineered, and manufactured in Warner, New Hampshire at the MadgeTech headquarters. With ... provide reliable monitoring solutions trusted by government agencies, including NASA. , In 2012, ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... May 26, 2016 , ... Dr. James Maisel will ... Long Island Chapter on June 4, 2016, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Farmingdale Public ... Retina Group of New York , is a Board Certified ophthalmologist who ...
(Date:5/26/2016)... ... 26, 2016 , ... In an effort to provide hair restoration information to the widest possible ... those who do not use the app. Dr. Mohebi, the founder of Parsa Mohebi Hair ... Live . , Dr. Mohebi says, “The positive response to the Snapchat videos we ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/24/2016)... , May 24, 2016 ... beide primären Endpunkte und demonstriert ... in ‚ausgezeichneter plus guter , ...    ,      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130829/633895-a ... heute neue positive Daten von der MORA-Studie der ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... New Zealand , May 24, 2016 ... and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been named ... New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016. Dr Bruce ... fantastic acknowledgement for our team.  It,s really good to be ... burden healthcare internationally. Our products are used in 35 countries ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... May 24, 2016  Joe Marziani has joined VMS BioMarketing as senior vice president ... today. In his new role, Marziani will lead the company,s business development and sales ... improve outcomes. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160523/371089 ... ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: