Summit on Exercise Collapse Associated with Sickle Cell Trait: Finding the "way Ahead"

Francis G. O'Connor, M. Alaric Franzos, Nathaniel S. Nye, D. Alan Nelson, Donald Shell, Jameson D. Voss, Scott A. Anderson, Nailah J. Coleman, Alexis A. Thompson, Kimberly G. Harmon, Patricia A. Deuster

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Although largely benign, sickle cell trait (SCT) has been associated with exertion-related events, to include sudden death. In 2011, a summit on SCT introduced the term exercise collapse associated with SCT (ECAST). A series of ECAST deaths in military personnel in 2019 prompted reevaluation of current efforts and led to a second summit in October 2019 hosted by the Consortium for Health and Military Performance of the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. The goals were to (1) review current service policies on SCT screening, (2) develop draft procedural instructions for executing current policy on SCT within the Department of Defense, (3) develop draft clinical practice guidelines for management of ECAST, (4) establish a framework for education on SCT and ECAST, and (5) prepare a research agenda to address identified gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)47-56
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Sports Medicine Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


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