Implementation of the NCAA Sickle Cell Trait Screening Policy: A Survey of Athletic Staff and Student-athletes.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE:To describe the perspectives and experiences of athletic trainers, coaches, and student-athletes approximately three years post-implementation of the NCAA sickle cell trait (SCT) screening policy. PARTICIPANTS:Two-hundred and eight student-athletes, 32 athletic trainers, and 43 coaches from 10 NCAA Division I (DI) institutions in North Carolina from January to June 2014. METHODS:Two online surveys were used to assess knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. RESULTS:Athletic staff were more supportive than student-athletes of the need for the policy. Noted challenges included variation in implementation and follow-up for SCT-positive athletes, financial costs to institutions and athletes, and timing of the screening. CONCLUSIONS:More education about SCT is needed for student-athletes and athletic staff in order to help make the implementation more successful. All parties need to be in agreement regarding the importance of knowing which student-athletes have SCT and how that information will be utilized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, C; Powell, J; Le, D; Creary, MS; Daley, L-A; McDonald, MA; Royal, CD

Published Date

  • December 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 110 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 564 - 573

PubMed ID

  • 30129496

Pubmed Central ID

  • 30129496

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-4693

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-9684

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jnma.2018.03.004


  • eng