Sports Cardiology: What is the Purpose of Sports Screening?

The factors that we consider during sports screening are shaped by the purpose of these check-ups. The aim of sports screening is to detect:

The factors that we consider during sports screening are shaped by the purpose of these check-ups. The aim of sports screening is to detect:

  • Any issues that could be affecting your performance
  • Health problems that could put you at risk when you exercise
  • Anything that could put you at risk in the future

Screening is there to prevent problems. It could help you to avoid injuries by identifying a nutritional deficiency. It could help you to get treatment for a condition you weren’t aware of, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. In some cases, sports screening could even save your life by detecting a heart problem such as an arrhythmia or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy that could be triggered by exercise.

Basic Screening

This is ideal for healthy, young amateur athletes. This will involve an electrocardiogram and screening questionnaire. This is the screening recommended by the European Society of Cardiology for all children and athletes (over 12 years) who take part in regular competitive sport.

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