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SOURCE American Osteopathic Association
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Athletes with chronic medical conditions, like asthma and diabetes, could face the risk of health complications or even sudden death when playing their chosen sport. Precautionary measures, however, can help people with these conditions stay in the game.
"Whether or not they have an underlying medical condition, it is important people see their physician before playing team sports to assess any risks they might have that could result in serious injury or worse on the field," explains Angela C. Cavanna, DO, an AOA board-certified internist and sports medicine physician.
Dr. Cavanna, who discussed preventing sudden death in athletes during the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) OMED 2013, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, offers the following tips based on the National Athletic Trainers' Association position statement to help athletes with medical conditions avoid serious complications.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.
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