- Athletic Training and Sports Health Care
- July/August 2012 - Volume 4 · Issue 4: 190-196
A male professional freestyle BMX rider underwent 3 radiofrequency cardiac ablations secondary to recurrent supraventricular tachycardic episodes between the ages of 19 and 26 years. The high-risk nature of this action sport, combined with frequent cardiac symptoms and side effects of pharmacological intervention, negatively affected the patient’s ability to safely perform tricks on his bicycle. In addition, the remote location of the training facility resulted in a delay in receiving medical attention. This case review highlights the importance of sports medicine clinicians in the role as athlete health advocates, as well as the need for sports medicine clinicians’ medical coverage during action sports practice sessions and events. Clinicians should understand the potential effects that a medical diagnosis and subsequent treatment may have on athletes and to assure that an appropriate plan of care is developed, as well as to prevent secondary injury.
Dr Oller is from the Athletic Training & Sports Medicine Doctoral Program, Kinesiology Department, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
Information from this case review was presented at the 2010 National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, June 24, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The author has no financial or proprietary interest in the materials presented herein.
Address correspondence to Daria M. Oller, DPT, ATC, PT, CSCS, Kinesiology Department, The Pennsylvania State University, 146 Recreation Building, University Park, PA 16802; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org