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Cardiovascular screening of Paralympic athletes reported by chief medical officers of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games
  1. Brett G Toresdahl1,
  2. Cheri Blauwet2,3,
  3. Cindy J Chang4,5,
  4. Daphne I Ling6,
  5. Irfan M Asif7
  1. 1 Primary Care Sports Medicine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, New York, USA
  2. 2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  4. 4 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
  5. 5 Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of California - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
  6. 6 Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, New York, USA
  7. 7 University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Department of Family Medicine, Greenville Health System, Greenville, South Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brett G Toresdahl, Primary Care Sports Medicine Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City NY 10021, USA; toresdahlb{at}hss.edu

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The 2009 IOC Consensus Statement on Periodic Health Evaluation (PHE) of Elite Athletes recommends a 12-lead ECG, but the frequency of the PHE elements is not defined.1 In 2011, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved the IPC Medical Code, which describes the need for routine PHE based on the latest medical knowledge.2 However, the components and frequency of screening are also not delineated. Recent research has evaluated the cardiovascular (CV) screening practices of Olympic athletes, but there are limited data regarding CV screening of Paralympic athletes.3 4

This study aimed to investigate current practices for CV screening of Paralympic athletes. Chief medical officers (CMOs) for National Paralympic Committees of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games were identified by the IPC and surveyed regarding the CV screening practices of their respective teams. The primary outcome was the utilisation of CV screening components as part of the PHE. The secondary outcomes were the frequency of performing the CV screening components.

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