Benefits and limitations of cardiovascular pre-competition screening in international football

  title={Benefits and limitations of cardiovascular pre-competition screening in international football},
  author={Thomas Th{\"u}nenk{\"o}tter and Christian Schmied and Jiř{\'i} Dvoř{\'a}k and Wilfried Kindermann},
  journal={Clinical Research in Cardiology},
Competitive sport can serve as a trigger for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The majority of athletes who die suddenly have previously unsuspected structural heart disease. Medical evaluation before competition offers the potential to identify cardiovascular abnormalities in asymptomatic athletes. Consensus on the ideal screening programme has not been reached. So, a cardiovascular pre-competition screening of elite football players was developed and implemented prior to the 2006 FIFA World Cup… CONTINUE READING
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