Exertional Sickling in Athletes

In recent years, several college and high school athletes have collapsed and died during practice drills as a result of exertional sickling, a rare condition that has quickly become the third leading cause of death in athletes. In this Children's Channel video podcast, Joseph Congeni, MD, director of the sports medicine center at Akron Children's Hospital, discusses the steps trainers and coaches can take to prevent the onset of this condition, as well as what to do if exertional sickling is suspected when a collapse occurs.

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