Topic_1_Thomas_2010 - N.C.A.A. Council OKs Testing for...

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Reprints This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers here or use the "Reprints" tool that appears next to any article. Visit www.nytreprints.com for samples and additional information. Order a reprint of this article now. April 13, 2010 By KATIE THOMAS Members of the N.C.A.A. ’s Division I Legislative Council have approved a measure that requires all athletes to be screened for the sickle-cell trait unless they can show results of a previous test or they sign a release to decline testing. The measure, announced Tuesday after two days of meetings in Indianapolis, was intended to help prevent the sudden death of athletes who carry the trait, a genetic disorder that is present in about 8 percent of African-Americans and less than 1 percent of white Americans. People with the sickle-cell trait are believed to be at a higher risk for death brought on by intense exercise. At least eight college football players who carried the trait have died as a result of intense training
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