Sickle Cell Trait Guidelines Subject of December ASEP Webinar

Author: ASEP Marketing


In August, a North Carolina college track athlete died after collapsing during try outs, with his death being attributed to complications of sickle cell trait. In violation of NCAA bylaw, the school had no documentation of a sickle cell screening or waiver on file for the athlete. It has been reported that the athlete was unaware of his trait status.

The National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) believes of the 136 sudden, non-traumatic sports deaths in high school and college over the past decade, five percent were from exertional sickling.

The next installment in the ASEP Successful Coaching Webinar Series aims to draw attention to this condition that according to NATA is present at a varying rate in all populations. “Sickle Cell Trait Guidelines – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Athletes” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 8, 1:00 to 2:00 pm ET. University of Oklahoma athletic trainer Scott Anderson, ATC will conduct the webinar which will address these and other important issues:

• Why sickle cell trait?
• Incidence in athletes
• Risks to the athlete with sickle cell trait
• Differential diagnosis
• Expanding the margin of safety for the athlete with sickle cell trait

Coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors, physical education teachers, and school nurses at the youth, high school, and college levels will find the webinar informative and practical. Register for this free webinar today!

If you are unable to make the live event, ASEP will record the webinar and make it available for viewing at a later date. Watch the ASEP Web site for more information.

About the Presenter
Scott Anderson is head athletic trainer for the University of Oklahoma, president of the College Athletic Trainers Society (CATS), and co-chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association task force on the Athlete with Sickle Cell Trait.

Anderson’s career began as an assistant athletic trainer for the University of Oklahoma. He then served as the head athletic trainer at Tulane University from 1987 to 1996. In 1997, Anderson returned to Oklahoma to become head athletic trainer. In addition to his work in Inter-Association Task Forces, Anderson also serves as chair of the Education Program for the Big 12 Medical Aspects of Sports Committee and is actively involved within the athletic training profession.