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NCAA SSI announces ‘Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care for Student-Athletes’

The NCAA Sport Science Institute recently announced the publication of an “Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes to its member schools and conference offices. 

An outcome of the 2014 NCAA Cardiac Task Force, the consensus statement provides recommendations for team physicians and athletic trainers and includes the following information:

  • Pre-participation evaluation of student-athletes (including addressing the role of screening electrocardiograms).
  • Emergency action plans for cardiac arrest.
  • A pathway for the development of regional referral centers and cardiac research. 
  • Executive summary of key talking points. 
  • Checklist for all member institutions.

Developed and endorsed by leading national cardiac and sports medicine organizations, the consensus statement was co-published in three prestigious medical journals: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, British Journal of Sports Medicine and Journal of Athletic Training. To access the full publication, “Interassociation Consensus Statement on Cardiovascular Care of College Student-Athletes,” click here or visit the Journal of the American College of Cardiology website at onlinejacc.org. To learn more about the consensus statement, visit the SSI website.

The SSI encourages member schools to consider how the implementation of these recommendations may be best incorporated within their current programs and practices. To assist in these efforts, the SSI will share downloadable resources with sports medicine departments this summer to use as a part of their seasonal planning process.

We invite any questions from our member schools regarding the implementation of these recommendations and look forward to working with athletics departments and their campus colleagues to continue to support our student-athletes on this important public health issue.