Exertional Sickling

Growing evidence indicates that high school and college athletes who carry sickle cell trait could be at higher risk for serious illness, and even sudden death, during strenuous pre-season training activities. In this Childrens Channel video podcast, Jeffrey Hord, MD, director of the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Childrens Hospital, discusses exertional sickling, the cause of these sudden deaths, and the steps parents, coaches and trainers can take to protect young athletes.

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