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- Aaron L. Baggish, MDa,∗ (, )
- Robert W. Battle, MDb,
- James G. Beckerman, MDc,
- Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhDd,
- Rachel J. Lampert, MDe,
- Benjamin D. Levine, MDf,
- Mark S. Link, MDf,
- Matthew W. Martinez, MDg,
- Silvana M. Molossi, MD, PhDh,
- Jack Salerno, MDi,
- Meagan M. Wasfy, MDa,
- Rory B. Weiner, MDa,
- Michael S. Emery, MDj,
- for the ACC’s Sports and Exercise Council Leadership Group
- aCardiovascular Performance Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
- bDivision of Cardiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
- cDivision of Cardiology, Providence Health Services, Portland, Oregon
- dHeart and Vascular Institute, Louis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- eDivision of Cardiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
- fInstitute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Texas Health Resources and the University of Texas Southwestern, Division of Cardiology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas
- gDivision of Cardiology, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, Pennsylvania
- hDivision of Pediatric Cardiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
- iDivision of Pediatric Cardiology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- jIndiana University Health Center for Cardiovascular Care in Athletics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Aaron L. Baggish, Cardiovascular Performance Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Yawkey Suite 5B, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114.
The last few decades have seen substantial growth in the populations of competitive athletes and highly active people (CAHAP). Although vigorous physical exercise is an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease, CAHAP remain susceptible to inherited and acquired CV disease, and may be most at risk for adverse CV outcomes during intense physical activity. Traditionally, multidisciplinary teams comprising athletic trainers, physical therapists, primary care sports medicine physicians, and orthopedic surgeons have provided clinical care for CAHAP. However, there is increasing recognition that a care team including qualified CV specialists optimizes care delivery for CAHAP. In recognition of the increasing demand for CV specialists competent in the care of CAHAP, the American College of Cardiology has recently established a Sports and Exercise Council. An important primary objective of this council is to define the essential skills necessary to practice effective sports cardiology.
The views expressed in this paper by the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) Sports and Exercise Council Leadership Group do not necessarily reflect the views of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology or the ACC.
All authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
- Received August 5, 2017.
- Accepted August 27, 2017.