Presenter(s): Nathan Ameen
Title: Sickle Cell Trait in Division I Football Player
Developed under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Christie , Exercise Science
A 20-year-old college football player born in The Congo, Africa, was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). After moving to the United States, evaluation of medical history led to laboratory testing to confirm presence of sickling trait. In SCT, the patient presents as asymptomatic until sickling event occurs which causes the change in hemoglobin shape. SCT is a complex disorder; research to increase clinician effectiveness in the acute setting should include management for acute bronchial spasm, environment related illness such as heat exhaustion or rhabdomyolysis, and splenic and renal thrombosis.