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.