Sickle Cell Trait. Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, CSCS Director of Sports Medicine University of Georgia Athens, GA. Objective. Leading causes of non-traumatic sports deaths in high school and college athletes: cardiovascular conditions hyperthermia (heatstroke)
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Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NREMT-I, CSCS
Director of Sports Medicine
University of Georgia
University of Georgia Sports Medicine
Leading causes ofnon-traumatic sports deaths in high school and college athletes:
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The harder and faster athletes go, the earlier and greater the sickling. That is why sickle collapse occurs sooner (at a shorter distance) in top college football players sprinting all out (their “drop zone” is often 800-1,200 m.) than in military recruits trying to run 1-3 miles. Sickling can begin in only 2-3 minutes of sustained sprinting – or in any other sustained all-out exertion - and sickling can soon increase to grave levels if the symptomatic athlete tries to exceed his limits or is urged by the coach to push beyond pain and weakness. Any cramping, struggling, or collapse in a sickle-trait athlete must be considered sickling--a medical emergency--until proved otherwise.
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prevent sickling collapse and enable sickle cell trait athletes to thrive in sport.
Inter-Association Task Force on Sickle Cell Trait and the Athlete