Augusta, GA — It is a headline that is often seen when high school sports get underway: “High school football player dies”. It is estimated that more than 100 student athletes die every year from cardiac issues. Considering the number of students who play football, that number is not that high, however, we wanted to take a closer look at what can be done to help prevent those deaths. To do that we turned to Dr. Beau Gedrick, a primary care sports medicine physician at Augusta University Health and an assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Dr. Gedrick explains exactly who needs screenings before playing sports as well as what is looked for during those screenings. He also addresses what dangers exist if there a student athlete does not receive a screening before taking to the field or court.
It is not just on the field that athletes need to be watched. The ramifications of the strain of practices or a game can be seen at home. That makes it important for both coaches, teammates, and even parents to watch for in the athletes. Dr. Gedrick has important information for them as well.