Cardiovascular pre-participation screening in young athletes: Recommendations of the Association of European Paediatric Cardiology

Peter Fritsch, Robert Dalla Pozza, Doris Ehringer-Schetitska, Eero Jokinen, Vesna Herceg, Erzsebet Hidvegi, Renate Oberhoffer, Andreas Petropoulos

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Abstract

Sudden death in young competitive athletes can be avoided by implementation of pre-participation screening programmes. A screening programme should be performed only by trained physicians and should include the athlete's personal and family history, physical examination results, and the readings from a 12-lead-electrocardiogram. The athlete should undergo this screening programme every second year to detect progressive diseases. In addition, the programme should include detailed instructions to the athletes to pause training during infections in order to prevent sudden death due to myocarditis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1655-1660
Number of pages6
JournalCardiology in the Young
Volume27
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Pre-participation screening
  • electrocardiogram
  • prevention
  • sudden cardiac death
  • young athletes

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