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February 17, 1999

Cardiovascular Screening of High School Athletes—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(7):607-608. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-7-jbk0217

In Reply: Dr Carek and Ms Futrell argue that the PPE may not predict or prevent athletic injuries. This may well be the case. However, we must emphasize that our study was specifically limited to an analysis of athletic screening for cardiovascular abnormalities and really does not address the musculoskeletal or other organ systems or issues concerned with traumatic injuries. Considerations related to the risks of injury should not be confused with the possible consequences of unsuspected cardiovascular diseases in young athletes, eg, sudden cardiac death on the athletic field. They are very different issues.

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