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Brief Communication: Cardiovascular Screening Practices of Major North American Professional Sports Teams

Kevin M. Harris, MD; Austin Sponsel, BA; Adolph M. Hutter Jr., MD; and Barry J. Maron, MD
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From Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: Dr. Hutter is the team cardiologist for the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots.

Requests for Single Reprints: Kevin M. Harris, MD, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 920 East 28th Street, Suite 60, Minneapolis, MN 55407; e-mail, kharris@mplsheart.com.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Harris and Maron and Ms. Sponsel: Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, 920 East 28th Street, Suite 60, Minneapolis, MN 55407.

Dr. Hutter: Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 5B, Boston, MA 02114.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: K.M. Harris, A.M. Hutter Jr., B.J. Maron.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: K.M. Harris, A. Sponsel, A.M. Hutter Jr., B.J. Maron.

Drafting of the article: K.M. Harris, A. Sponsel, B.J. Maron.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: K.M. Harris, A. Sponsel, A.M. Hutter Jr., B.J. Maron.

Final approval of the article: K.M. Harris, A. Sponsel, A.M. Hutter Jr., B.J. Maron.

Provision of study materials or patients: A.M. Hutter Jr.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: A. Sponsel, B.J. Maron.

Collection and assembly of data: K.M. Harris, A. Sponsel, B.J. Maron.

Ann Intern Med. 2006;145(7):507-511. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-145-7-200610030-00008
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Preparticipation screening is customary among North American professional sports teams. We identified a diverse array of screening strategies in professional sports, demonstrating variability among teams and among the 4 major sports leagues.

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Analysis of American Heart Association (AHA) history and physical examination items identified on league-recommended screening forms.

History and physical examination recommendations promoted by the professional sports leagues serving as guides to the physician examiners. Individual components are compared with 12 AHA recommendations. Data are also analyzed for predraft screening of the most elite National Basketball Association (NBA) (n = 80) and National Football League (NFL) (n = 380) players. MLB = Major League Baseball; NHL = National Hockey League. *NBA does not provide league recommendations to teams for history and physical examination.

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