Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes
Hainline B, Drezner JA, Baggish A, Harmon KG, Emery MS, Myerburg RJ, Sanchez E, Molossi S, Parsons JT, Thompson PD. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016 Apr 7. pii: S0735-1097(16)32406-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.03.527. [Epub ahead of print]
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) convened a multidisciplinary task force to address cardiovascular care in the collegiate student-athlete. “The purpose of the task force was to discuss and evaluate cardiovascular concerns in collegiate student-athletes and to develop an interassociation consensus statement and recommendations for the future. The primary focus was sudden cardiac death and the utility of screening with or without electrocardiogram (not including echocardiogram).” The document has sections regarding the pre-participation evaluation and recognition and response to cardiac arrest. Furthermore, there’s also sections related to cardiovascular risk in collegiate student-athletes, evidence evaluating the efficacy of pre-participation screening for detection of cardiovascular risk, ECG as a screening tool for SCD risk prediction, regional referral centers for evaluation of athletes suspected or known to have a cardiovascular problem, and cardiac research initiatives.