Answers to Athletes and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Premier Health providers and athletic trainers answer frequently asked questions about sudden cardiac arrest.

Who should be performing the EKG tests?

Dr. Sean Convery discusses who should perform EKG tests for high school and college athletes. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The question of who does the testing is currently in debate. It can be a mix of things. We really feel that the yearly physical examination should be done by the athlete's own caregiver who is familiar with their family history.

The EKG screening can be done in a number of different ways, either in the physician's office or by the school. If the school administers the EKG, the results should be reviewed by someone who knows the latest screening protocols, called the New Seattle Criteria. These criteria are different for athletes than they are for non-athletic individuals, as to what is normal and what is abnormal.

The EKG screening can be done at the school in a group setting because it doesn't involve questioning the athletes about things they might be doing, including social behaviors, that are an important part of the physical examination. 

Chelsea L. Gilliam, APRN-CNP, AGACNP-BC

Piqua Family Practice

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Source: Michael W. Barrow, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health; Nik Berger, MS, AT, ATC, Premier Health Sports Medicine – Miami Valley Hospital South; Jeffrey James, DO, Premier Orthopedics; Sean Convery, MD, Premier Orthopedics; Jeffrey Rayborn, MD, Premier Orthopedics