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August 23/30, 2000

Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening for Young Athletes

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(8):957-958. doi:10.1001/jama.284.8.956

To the Editor: The study by Dr Pfister and colleagues1 raises questions about the utility of the preparticipation physical examination (PPE) for collegiate athletes. The authors found that many PPEs do not include the 12 American Heart Association (AHA) 1996 Consensus Panel recommendations for preparticipation cardiovascular screening of athletes and conclude that the current system may expose athletes to a "flawed preparticipation cardiovascular screening process that reduces the reasonable expectation of detecting pertinent cardiovascular abnormalities in some athletes."