Are ECGs Necessary for a Student That Plays Sports?

Dr. Matthew Pecci, a sports medicine physician, discusses the relevance of an ECG test in pre-participation examinations for athletes.

Question: Are ECGs necessary for a student that plays sports?

Answer: An ECG is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. This test can screen for conditions that can cause sudden death, even in seemingly healthy athletes. There has been much research and debate over the last five years as to whether this test should be included in the pre-participation screening. So while an ECG is not necessary or universally recommended, it can be one of the most sensitive tests to diagnose silent heart conditions and should be strongly considered by any medical providers who complete pre-participation examinations.

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