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I have read with interest the article by Wilson et al (in the March
edition of the British journal of Sports Medicine) regarding their support
for using an ECG in screening for sudden cardiac death in the young.
Furthermore I note that there is considerable support from many sporting
governing bodies for the above recommendation.
I note the comments of Dr Richard Page (in the Warm up section o...
I note the comments of Dr Richard Page (in the Warm up section of the
March edition) where he argued that in the USA alone, mass ECG screening
of young athletes would exclude 2000 children from sport for every life
Dr Page's comments have very much caught my eye. By trying to save one
life in an issue that is highly media motivated for the obvious dramatic
nature of sudden cardiac death in a young person, we prison a further 2000
children to a potentially life threatening sedentary life style. Hence,
ironically we may increase these childrens risk of death from a cardiac
cause later in life.
Are we really doing whats best for these children or are we dancing
to the tune of the media? Have we thought about the long term
repercussions that such a screening programme may have on our childrens
physical and psychological wellbeing?