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After 10 Years of Testing All College Athletes for Sickle Cell Trait, What Have We Learned?

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All athletes playing on college sports teams governed by the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) are required to confirm their Sickle Cell Trait (SCT) status by taking a blood test or by providing prior test results. This SNAPSHOT explores the history, successes, and limitations of this mandatory SCT screening program, which was put in place to allow student athletes with SCT to safely participate in sports.

Genetic Testing
Sickle Cell Trait
sickle cell disease