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Cardiovascular screening in athletes has been a source of controversy within the sports medicine community. Annual screening inclusive of ECG is currently required by all major professional sports leagues in the USA and recommended by the IOC.1 In 2016, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) published a statement on cardiovascular screening, recognising knowledge gaps and advocating for medical providers caring for competitive athletes to consider important factors when determining an individualised cardiovascular screening strategy. These include the risk of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the specific athlete population, the available resources and cardiology infrastructure for screening and secondary evaluations.2
The purpose of this investigation was to determine the cardiovascular screening practices of the US National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and National Paralympic Committees (NPCs). This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board from the …
Contributors BGT: concept, design, acquisition, analysis, interpretation, drafting, revising, final approval. CC: design, interpretation, revising, final approval. JC: acquisition, analysis. IMA: design, interpretation, revising, final approval.
Competing interests None declared.
Ethics approval Hospital for Special Surgery.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.
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