Sickle Cell Trait Risks: Safeguarding Team Sport Athletes


Presented by Susan Yeargin, Ph.D., ATC 

This course covers the pathophysiology and epidemiology of exertional sickling and the prevalence of sickle cell trait (SCT) in U.S. athletes. It also includes a discussion of current screening mandates.  

This course was developed using content from ACSM’s 2023 From Around the Field webinar series.  

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify prevalence of SCT in team sport athletes using different screening options.  
  2. Summarize pathophysiological events of exertional sickling that can lead to death.  
  3. Compare and contrast research reporting sudden death due to exertional sickling in team sport settings.