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Interassociation consensus statement on cardiovascular care of college student-athletes
  1. Brian Hainline1,
  2. Jonathan Drezner2,
  3. Aaron Baggish3,
  4. Kimberly G Harmon2,
  5. Michael S Emery4,
  6. Robert J Myerburg5,
  7. Eduardo Sanchez6,
  8. Silvana Molossi7,
  9. John T Parsons1,
  10. Paul D Thompson8
  1. 1Sport Science Institute, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  2. 2Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
  3. 3Cardiovascular Performance Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4Krannert Institute of Cardiology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  5. 5Division of Cardiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
  6. 6American Heart Association, Dallas, Texas, USA
  7. 7Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
  8. 8Division of Cardiology, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brian Hainline, Sport Science Institute, National Collegiate Athletic Association, P.O. Box 6222, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6222, USA; bhainline{at}ncaa.org

Abstract

Cardiovascular evaluation and care of college student-athletes is gaining increasing attention from both the public and medical communities. Emerging strategies include screening of the general athlete population, recommendations of permissible levels of participation by athletes with identified cardiovascular conditions and preparation for responding to unanticipated cardiac events in athletic venues. The primary focus has been sudden cardiac death and the usefulness of screening with or without advanced cardiac screening. The National Collegiate Athletic Association convened a multidisciplinary task force to address cardiovascular concerns in collegiate student-athletes, and to develop consensus for an interassociation statement. This document summarises the task force deliberations and follow-up discussions, and includes available evidence on cardiovascular risk, preparticipation evaluation and the recognition of and response to cardiac arrest. Future recommendations for cardiac research initiatives, education and collaboration are also provided.

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