What’s your take on this?

So, what do you think? Should we test all our young athletes for this?

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11 Responses to What’s your take on this?

  1. Joy says:

    I don’t really see what this hurts. Kids have to have a physical to play sports so I’d rather err on the side of caution. I’d have no problem paying for it out of my pocket. If one of my son’s would have died while playing a sport and all they’d have needed was an EKG, I’d never get over my guilt.

    FYI-Since Paul won’t comment I’ll tell you he disagree’s with me. He just thinks sometime stuff happens and that’s a lot of kids to screen.

  2. SKL says:

    When they say it costs $75 per screening, how are they figuring the $75? I mean, maybe there is a much more efficient way to do it if all the athletes in an area are getting it. How do they do it in Italy or wherever they said it is required?

    I think the way they are making it sound, it’s really not worth it, but they could make it more sensible if that were their goal.

    That said, until it becomes reasonably affordable and manageable, it should be optional, not required. I know a lot of kids would not be able to play sports if they had to hit up their parents for this expense. I guarantee that nobody in my family would have been able to. I couldn’t even get glasses until I was in 3rd grade (and I was legally blind). I had to borrow the left-handed coach’s mitt to play softball. So yeah, $75 for an EKG? Times multiple kids? Not happening.

    To Paul’s point, that brings up a bit of a pet peeve for me. Pap tests. They tell you every woman (and teen girl) needs one every year. Why? To screen for an extremely rare cancer, from which death is even more rare, and which is almost impossible to get if you are a virgin. And what an invasive test that is – I can’t help believing it actually causes more problems than it solves. Yet people treat it like a life-or-death need. At some point you have to wonder whether anyone is considering the cons involved. I feel kinda the same way about the ECG thing – though I’d have to do more research re the ECG.

    I also agree that there will always be some level of uncontrollable risk in everything. A kid could have a stroke, fall on his head, etc. How many kids get killed while driving to and from sports events – surely far more than all health-related sports deaths combined – and yet for the most part, nobody is doing much about that risk. We tend to prioritize risk irrationally, I feel.

  3. Laura says:

    Well, reading the article and the comments, I’m right back at “i don’t know”. I agree with you, Joy, that $75 is a small price to pay. But then I read that one woman’s comments, and realize that maybe she’s right, too – that the tests are more geared toward males, and how would that help a female? And they mentioned in the article that the EKG isn’t foolproof, and wouldn’t have caught the problem that killed the most recent young man – his was the result of a virus.

    I think this is something that bears investigation by the medical community. Perhaps there is a test that can be refined – an MRI, perhaps, or analysis of a person’s genetics (is this something that even runs in the family? If dad has an enlarged heart, is junior more likely to have one?) or maybe there’s something else that would better help pinpoint a problem. But at this point, an EKG might just be another thing that will give a false sense of peace. Maybe it’ll catch one or two kids, and for them, excellent. But if it’s not that accurate…

    I just don’t know. Like you, I’d gladly put out the $75, if I knew it would tell me something. I’m not ready to say, though, that the cost should be borne by the school, the sports franchise, or the government.

  4. mssc54 says:

    Yet another requirement of Big Brother?

    “There’s a significant debate in the scientific community on this,”

    Heck the scientific community can’t even agree on this!

    Nothing is saying that parents can not get this test done if the wish to. Parents can decide if they want any testing done. It’s their child.

  5. Nikki says:

    I would be A-OK with it. I’ll pay any price to assure my sons health, or least help prevent future problems. I’m not sure if it should be a required thing, but again, I’d be okay with it if it was. I know we pay a pretty penny for Baileys baseball (thankfully the big fee is waved for us now) but then you add in gear, gas, food, time…what’s another $75 for a peace of mind?

  6. Sue says:

    I think that they need to start at the bottom first. The sports physicals are not thorough enough. Bend over, cough, answer some questions, you’re good to go. Yes, it is the parents responsibility to know if their child is healthy enough for physical activity, but at the same time, you spend 5 minutes with the doc to get the go ahead so you assume they’re healthy. You have to have a physical (at least here in MN) to play high school sports so obviously the athletes that have recently died were able to pass that exam. Now, does adding an extra test guarantee that the athlete won’t have problems? Of course not, but it may catch something that would have otherwise been missed. I think it should be up to the parents and the athlete to get addition testing, especially if they have a family history of any type of cardiovascular issues.

  7. Laura says:

    It seems to me that making this a requirement is just one more knee-jerk reaction in a world of knee-jerk reactions. As I write this, I’m listening to people panicking on the radio, saying that we should eliminate ALL nuclear facilities in this country because the reactor in Japan is failing. Um, excuse me??? Where is the logic in that? The one in Japan just suffered a major disaster – an earthquake followed by a tsunami – and that is what caused the failure. Had that not happened, the reactor would be fine today. So instead of suggesting that we double-check all the nuclear facilities and see that they would be able to withstand whatever environmental disaster may apply to them (tornado in the Midwest, earthquake in CA, hurricane in the SE, etc), people are advocating for complete and utter eradication of the entire program. Stupid.

    Why do I bring that up? Because it’s the classic “throw the baby out with the bathwater”. We have all pretty much agreed that we have a “health crisis” on our hands, with childhood obesity. So instead of taking a calm breath – even in the face of these couple of well-reported deaths – and saying, “ok, let’s see that our children are healthy from day one. Feed them well, see that they get plenty of exercise and sleep, know their genetic history, and take them for regular, yearly checkups that include more than blood pressure and temperature (yearly bloodwork, anyone?)”… we’re suddenly jumping on this EKG thing, wanting to bypass ALL of that prevention, and grabbing on the “magic bullet” that really isn’t.

    • SKL says:

      I’m not surprised about the nuclear thing. Frankly I am not a big fan of nukes, but people just completely lack a balanced approach to stuff. Whatever nuclear risk we have in the USA today, is the same risk we had last week. Presumably we have people charged with making sure our nukes are safe. If not, we have serious issues that go way beyond the nuke risk itself.

      Of course the best example of this is the whole “anyone could do anything to your kid in the blink of an eye” mentality. Yeah, theoretically! Theoretically a car could jump the curb and kill me as I walk down the street. (It happens! I’ve seen it on the news!) So should I stop walking down the street?? Yet if it’s my kid we’re talking about, I’m supposed to be ridiculously afraid, because if something happened, “I’d never be able to forgive myself.” Yet if my kid grows up weak, paranoid, helpless and clueless, I could forgive myself for that? Where is the logic??

  8. Phyllis says:

    I think that more thorough exams are definitely needed to play in sports. If there’s a history of heart problems in the family then an EKG wouldn’t be remiss. However, I’d like to think that most families who have heart issues or other genetic issues would have their children tested regularly anyway.

    Do I think EVERY kid should be tested? I’ve been thinking about it and can’t give a difinite answer on this one. The odds say that most kids in sports are generally in good health. Perhaps a better idea is that when one of the players is not feeling well, due to any kind of sickness, that they be held out of the game until they are back in their top form. Course this means that parents would actually have to be parents and tell their kid that No, they can’t play in the upcoming game, practice, whatever. But sadly, alot of parents and coaches are more concerned with winning at any cost and want their kid (or for the coaches, the better players) in the game no matter what.

    And yes, anything can happen to anyone at anytime, however we all practice common sense approaches to life. We teach our kids to cross at the corners, look both ways before heading into the street, not to talk to strangers or get into cars. Life (and death) happens. I was raised to believe that we are given a finite number of days on this earth. Birth – death being preordained. I firmly believe that on our last day, it doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing, when our time comes it comes. There’s nothing to be done. However, I personally, am not going to push my luck by bungy jumping (although I have sky-dived) because I don’t want to risk bashing my few brains onto the ground or wherever and being a veggie for the rest of my time here. But I’m an adult, and that’s my decision to make. The point I’m trying to make is that it is my belief that this young man’s time had come. If he hadn’t been playing in the game, he may have been hit by a car or died in his sleep. I don’t believe it would have mattered one bit, the result would’ve been the same. His parents would have been hurting either way as they buried their child. My prayers and sympathy go out to this young man’s familly and friends. It is a tragic loss no matter how one looks at it.

  9. Joy says:

    Another boy just died of something during half time.

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