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Sickle Cell Disease and Athletes: What You Should Know

from The Wilmington Journal

NATA has contacted the source of this article to thank them for the coverage and to remind about the correct terminology when referring to an athletic trainer.

In general, persons with sickle cell trait are relatively asymptomatic, and have a normal lifespan without any complications. Most are found to have the gene as part of mandatory testing of all newborns. However, they are more likely than persons without sickle cell trait to develop rare conditions such as blood in their urine or rapid breakdown of muscle fibers during extreme exertion (know as rhabdomyolysis). more

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