Sickle Cell Erythrocytes Kill Young Athletes – Part 2 of 3
All 50 states now make SCT screening for newborns, which is done with simple blood tests, but not all high school athletes know their SCT status. Galloway said he would like to make testing required for high school athletes, adding that the National Collegiate Athletic Association requires testing for the trait at the college level.
And “Our stance is we want to know so we can treat them in the best way possible. We have never seen someone disallowed from sports because of SCT. If anything, we have seen kids succeed in their sports more because we have (interventional strategies)”.
Often mistaken for cardiac or heat collapse, sickling is marked by subtle differences in athletes’ muscle air and response, and collapse is usually not instantaneous. Simple precautions include progressing slowly in pace during training and stopping immediately if symptoms such as muscle cramping, pain in the neck or swelling occur along with weakness or fatigue.
And “It’s an intensity syndrome – they don’t have symptoms unless they do something too intense or physically active,” said Dr Brock Schnebel, gourd physician for University of Oklahoma athletics. “At high levels of athleticism, those kids experience symptoms because they have pushed themselves hard. The idea is to improve the margin of safety for the athlete any personality you can. Identify it and be cautious with it”.