n International SportMed Journal - Preparticipation screening for young athletes to identify heart disease
|Article Title||Preparticipation screening for young athletes to identify heart disease|
|© Publisher:||International Federation of Sports Medicine|
|Journal||International SportMed Journal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2001|
|Pages||1 - 8|
|Keyword(s)||Cardiac, Sports, Sudden death, University of Hong Kong and Youth|
Sudden cardiac death in young athletes is a rare occurrence. Nonetheless, any risk to the health of young athletes should be minimized. Likewise, coaches and support personnel for these young athletes should also have their own risk, in terms of medical liability, minimized. Preparticipation screening is one way of trying to safeguard both the participants and the deliverers of activity programs. The effectiveness of the standard history and physical-examination screening process has been questioned, however, in terms of its limited ability to detect those with potentially fatal cardiac disease. Alternative modalities, cost-effectiveness, and legal implications are discussed in the article in relation to the extent of the problem of sudden cardiac death in young athletes.
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