Sport clearance

Sports Clearance

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) occurs in approximately 1 in 500 people, but often goes undiagnosed in the community. Unfortunately, HCM can present tragically on the playing filed.

Pediatric Cardiology of San Diego provides cardiac screenings for students (ages 13 to 23) including middle school, high school, and college athletes participating in recreational sports. Pre-participation sports physicals for athletes would enable them to participate in strenuous sporting activities with peace of mind, ensuring a healthy heart.

At Pediatric Cardiology of San Diego, we are committed to providing a comprehensive athletic screening program which includes:

  • Comprehensive cardiac examination by a board certified pediatric cardiologist
  • EKG (also for detection of long QT syndrome, another potential cause of sudden death)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Cardiac monitoring if required

Why is it best to have my child screened during his or her teen years?

The risk of developing HCM peaks in the teen years. The risks of having a cardiac event increase with physical activity, such as those associated with competitive sports and exertional activities.

Who should get tested?

Any child involved in a high exertion activity such as sports, running, swimming, cheerleading or marching band between the ages of 13-23.

The following factors increase risk of SCA:

  • Family history of known heart abnormalities or sudden death before age 50
  • Specific family history of Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, or Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)
  • Family members with unexplained fainting, seizures, drowning or near drowning or car accidents
  • Known structural heart abnormality, repaired or unrepaired
  • Use of drugs, such as cocaine, inhalants, “recreational” drugs or excessive energy drinks