Exertional Sickling

There continues to be a great deal of controversy surrounding sickle cell trait and its association with exercise-related morbidity and sudden death - Bruce L. Mitchell

Exertional Sickling

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Exercising Caution: Intensive Athletic Activity Could Be Fatal to Those with Sickle-Cell Trait

At 5:30 A.M. on February 19, 2010, 20-year-old Bennie F. Abram started his first day of football practice as a junior at the University of Mississippi. Several hours later he collapsed and died. Last month Abram’s family settled their wrongful-death lawsuit with Ole Miss, receiving $275,000 from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and $50,000 from the university.

Later in 2010, 20-year-old Jospin Milandu and 15-year-old Oliver Louis also died unexpectedly while working out with their teams. Autopsies of all three revealed one striking commonality: long, sickle-shaped blood cells that indicated they had at least one mutation for sickle-cell anemia, a genetic condition…

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