Attention Coaches, Parents, and student-athletes of Lake City High School:
McLeod Sports Medicine and Florence County School District Three are committed to a proactive approach in determining student-athletes sickle cell status as this can help prevent serious health complications when combined with athletics. It is important that athletic trainers and coaches work together to promote awareness of sickle trait and sickle cell disease/ anemia when it comes to athletics and player safety.
- Sickle cell trait is not a disease, but having it means that a person has inherited the sickle cell gene from one of his or her parents. Sickle cell trait a relatively mild condition caused by the presence of a single gene for sickle cell anemia, producing a smaller amount of abnormal hemoglobin and conferring some resistance to malaria.
- Sickle cell disease/ anemia is an inherited form of anemia — a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body. These irregularly shaped cells can get stuck in small blood vessels, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen to parts of the body. Which in turn can cause a life threatening situation.
McLeod partners with the James R. Clark Sickle Cell Foundation to offer free testing on October 17, 2017 at Lake City High School. Student athletes can also get tested at DHEC or through his or her pediatrician.
In order to provide the highest quality medical care for our student athletes, we need to know if he or she has a blood disorder such as sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait. An athlete’s status may not be a limiting factor for athletic participation; however, coaches and staff must be educated on how to handle potential emergencies should they arise. You are a part of the medical team. Your help is greatly appreciated, parent consent forms will be given to coaches to distribute to the student athletes… DUE DATE for permission forms will be Friday October 13, 2017. Coaches have forms or you can print one out at the link below.