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Benefit of Pre-participation Screening Apart from Fighting Sudden Cardiac Death

By Professor Josef Niebauer

Pre-participation screening is important in order to minimize the occurrence of sudden cardiac death in competitive athletes. Nevertheless, several questions remain: is family history, physical examination and an ECG all an athlete needs? What about echocardiography, exercise testing with continuous recording of ECG and blood pressure? And what about weekend warriors, “competitive non-athletes” who sign up for events they're not prepared for? Who screens them? Who is there to advise them on how to exercise safely and efficiently? Answers to these and other question will be given and discussed.

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