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Interassociation Task Force Punts Decision on Universal ECG Screenings for Athletes

Julie A. Jacob, MA
JAMA. 2016;316(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.6092.
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This Medical News feature discusses the college athletics’ interassociation task force decision not to recommend preparticipation electrocardiogram screening for all college athletes.

In 2009, Dominic Murray, a seemingly healthy 17-year-old student basketball player at Farmingdale State College in New York, died of sudden cardiac death (SCD) during a pickup game. Although Murray had a physical and electrocardiogram (ECG) and had been cleared to play basketball, an autopsy revealed he died of undiagnosed hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (http://bit.ly/1r3tSNq). Murray was one of 79 college athletes who died of SCD between 2003 and 2013 (http://bit.ly/1TlrB9M; Harmon KG et al. Circulation. 2015;132:10-19).

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