Clemson refused to conduct heart screenings on its athletes because it follows the standards set forth by the American Heart Assocation (AHA). The American Heart Association claims that there is no evidence that the tests would reduce the rate of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, and that more data is needed before it’s reasonable to add them to screenings.
The AHA is being disingenuous. There is an Italian study that proves that ECG exams lower the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes by over 80%. If we want to ignore the Italian study, then let’s be honest and say it. Let’s not pretend that there is “no evidence.”