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Implementation of the NCAA sickle cell trait screening policy: A survey of athletic staff and student-athletes

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source: Journal of the National Medical Association

year: 2018

authors: Baker C, Powell J, Le D, Creary MS, Daley LA, McDonald MA, Royal CD


To describe the perspectives and experiences of athletic trainers, coaches, and student-athletes approximately three years post-implementation of the NCAA sickle cell trait (SCT) screening policy.

Two-hundred and eight student-athletes, 32 athletic trainers, and 43 coaches from 10 NCAA Division I (DI) institutions in North Carolina from January to June 2014.

Two online surveys were used to assess knowledge, perspectives, and experiences.

Athletic staff were more supportive than student-athletes of the need for the policy. Noted challenges included variation in implementation and follow-up for SCT-positive athletes, financial costs to institutions and athletes, and timing of the screening.

More education about SCT is needed for student-athletes and athletic staff in order to help make the implementation more successful. All parties need to be in agreement regarding the importance of knowing which student-athletes have SCT and how that information will be utilized.

organization: Florida A&M University, USA; Duke University, USA; Emory University, USA

DOI: 10.1016/j.jnma.2018.03.004

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