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Athletes : don’t get sidelined by sickle cell trait! play it safe with these helpful tips!
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    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ; American Society of Hematology. ; Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
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    Should people with SCT be allowed to play sports? -- Are there conditions that increase the risk of exercise-related illness among people with SCT? -- What steps can you take to prevent exercise-related illness? -- What are the signs or symptoms of exercise-related illness or complications? -- What should you do if you experience any of these signs or symptoms while exercising? -- For more information.

    Participating in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. This is true for everyone, including those with Sickle Cell Trait (SCT). You just have to be aware of the warning signs and complications of exercise-related illness, listen to your body, and take steps to protect yourself. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions about SCT, participation in sports, exercise related illness, and what to do to stay safe and healthy while engaging in physical activity.

    While most people with SCT participate in sports without problems, there have been occasional serious complications and even deaths associated with dehydration, overheating, and other avoidable situations. All athletes should be aware of the warning signs of exercise-related illness and know what to do if they experience any of these signs or symptoms.


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