The Athlete’s Heart

A very important way that ISPA professionals and all those involved in sport can help athletes today is to get behind the movement to have athletes heart checked through an ECG as a part of their routine medical exam prior to participation. The benefits are enormous and the only negative that has been brought up is the extra cost involved in adding this to the typical medical exam.

Studies have shown that pre-participation screening of athletes would lower the incidence of sudden cardiac death by 89%. Coincidently, the typical cost of adding an ECG to the screening is $89.

Athletes between the ages of 14 to 35 should get this screening prior to participation. If it is not going to be a mandated part of their physical exam encourage parents and athletes to get an ECG added voluntarily to the athlete’s exam. Let’s get behind this and save lives.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

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