Sports participation during teenage years

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Ensuring the safety of young athletes is a priority among health care providers. Controversy remains as to the best method of preparticipation screening. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association currently recommend screening with history and physical examination, without routine electrocardiogram or echocardiography. Meticulous conduction of a cardiac focused history and exam during the preparticipation evaluation can help identify those who may be at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Understanding presenting signs of the most common cardiac diseases is useful in recognizing those in need of a directed cardiac evaluation before sports participation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-109
Number of pages19
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014


  • Athletes
  • Athletic heart
  • Preparticipation screening
  • Sports cardiology
  • Sudden cardiac arrest


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