Sickle Cell Trait and Athletics

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 11:00 to 12:15
Webinar Fee: 
$15.00 for NATA members / $25.00 for non-members
Target Audience: 
Athletic Trainers Only
Jon Hochstetler, MAT, ATC
Jon has practiced as an athletic trainer at the secondary school setting for seven years. Currently, he is an outreach athletic trainer for OSF Orthopedics in Peoria, IL. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Eureka College, his Master of Athletic Training degree from the University of Arkansas, and he is a first-year graduate student in the Doctorate of Athletic Training program at Temple University. He has presented on sickle cell trait and exertional rhabdomyolysis at several symposiums at the local, state, and regional levels, including a NATA foundation sponsored presentation. He has one publication in the Journal of Strategies titled, Sickle cell and the student-athlete: Considerations at the secondary school setting.
Exertional sickling is the top non-traumatic cause of death in Division I African American athletes, as well as being one of the top four non-traumatic causes of death for all athletes. The current knowledge gaps include a lack of genetic counseling for athletes with sickle cell trait and inconsistent implementation of tailored exercise precautions by sports medicine professionals. If adhered to, the knowledge of an athlete’s sickle cell trait status, proper education, and tailored exercise precautions can ensure safe athletic participation for individuals with sickle cell trait. The purpose of this webinar is to educate attendees on the history of exertional sickling and the current best practices to prevent exertional sickling crises and deaths.
Athletic Training Domains: 
Domain 1 – Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
Domain 2 – Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis
Domain 3 – Immediate and Emergency Care
Course Level: 
Clinical Objectives: 

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

Participants will be able to discuss the clinical signs and symptoms of an exertional sickling crisis.
Participants will be prepared to implement tailored exercise precautions to prevent exertional sickling crises.
Participants will be able to distinguish the clinical differences between exertional sickling, heat cramps, heat stroke, asthma, and cardiac arrest.
Participants will be able to apply the knowledge from this presentation to develop and implement proper emergency management procedures for an exertional sickling crisis.
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