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Results of a nationally implemented de novo cardiac screening programme in elite rugby players in England
  1. Saqib Ghani1,
  2. Michael Papadakis1,
  3. Simon Kemp2,
  4. Abbas Zaidi1,
  5. Nabeel Sheikh1,
  6. Sabiha Gati1,
  7. Hariharan Raju1,
  8. Andy Smith3,4,5,
  9. Corin Palmer5,
  10. John Somauroo6,7,
  11. Sanjay Sharma1
  1. 1Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre, Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute, St George's University of London, London, UK
  2. 2Rugby Football Union, Middlesex, UK
  3. 3Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust, Wakefield, UK
  4. 4RWC England 2015 Medical Advisory Group
  5. 5Premiership Rugby, Twickenham, UK
  6. 6Countess of Chester NHS Hospital Trust, UK
  7. 7Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Hospital Trust, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Sanjay Sharma, Cardiovascular Sciences Research Centre, Cardiovascular and Cell Sciences Research Institute, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK; ssharma21{at}hotmail.com

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  • Contributors SG, MP, AZ, NS, SG, HR, JS helped with data collection; SG and MP analysed the data and led the manuscript-writing process with contribution from others. SK, AS and CP facilitated the screening events; SS supervised the overall study and reviewed the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests SG, MP, AZ, SG, NS, HR were funded by a research grants from the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which supports pre-participation screening of young athletes. SS has been a coapplicant on previous grants from CRY to study athletes.

  • Ethics approval National Research Ethics Service, Essex 2 Research Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors SG, MP, AZ, NS, SG, HR, JS helped with data collection; SG and MP analysed the data and led the manuscript-writing process with contribution from others. SK, AS and CP facilitated the screening events; SS supervised the overall study and reviewed the manuscript. All authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Competing interests SG, MP, AZ, SG, NS, HR were funded by a research grants from the charitable organisation Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), which supports pre-participation screening of young athletes. SS has been a coapplicant on previous grants from CRY to study athletes.

  • Ethics approval National Research Ethics Service, Essex 2 Research Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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