Showing results of a sickle cell screen is a requirement by the NCAA for all athletes and are needed for the Athletic Department.
Screening for sickle cell disease is commonly done as a newborn. The Athletic Training website lists various ways to see if you have already had testing done and how to obtain the results to upload to the Athletic Training website, otherwise, testing can be repeated if necessary, preferably when the athlete is getting his or her physical by his/her primary care physician prior to the start of school.
*All new freshmen and transfer athletes should upload their sickle cell results to the Athletic Training Department website.
The sickle cell test results should not be sent to the Wellness Center.
People with sickle cell trait are at a higher risk for heat-related illness/heat stroke. Knowledge of sickle cell trait status prior to sports participation does not disqualify the athlete from participation; it allows for simple precautions to help prevent complications.
“Sickle cell disease affects millions of people throughout the world and it is particularly common among people whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish-speaking regions in the Western Hemisphere (South America, Cuba, and Central America), Saudi Arabia, India, and Mediterranean countries such as Turkey, Greece, and Italy.”
For more information about Sickle Cell trait/disease visit this website.