Sudden Cardiac and Sickle Cell Disease Information

Sudden cardiac arrest and other cardiac related injuries are of growing concern in athletics at all levels.  While it is not very common in young athletes, the impact can be catastrophic.  It is important to be aware of the causes and/or signs and symptoms of a possible cardiac issue. As athletic trainers are the first responders for most athletic events, we carry an Automated External Defibulator (AED) with us for all practices and games. Below are links with a variety of information regarding cardiac injuries and sudden cardiac death:

NATA Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac Wise


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person’s parents. The most common type is known as sickle cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein hemoglobin found in red blood cells. Instead of having circular red blood cells, the cells are crescent or moon shaped.
Some of the symptoms of sickle cell disease include, but are not limited to:
1. Decreased number of red blood cells and oxygen
2. Fatigue or tiredness
3. Feeling of a cramping sensation
If you would like more information about sickle cell disease, below is a list of helpful resources:

CDC What Is Sickle Cell Disease
NIH Sickle Cell Disease
NATA Sickle Cell Trait