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Sickle-Cell Trait Information

As of the 2013-14 academic year, the NCAA recommends that all student-athletes have knowledge of their sickle-cell trait status. Student-athletes must do one of the following:

  1. Show proof of a prior test with results
  2. Have a blood test to check for sickle-cell trait
  3. Sign a testing waiver if declining options 1 and 2

Infants born after 1984 were tested for sickle-cell at birth, and the documentation should be available from the family pediatrician at birth. For more information, download and read Knowing Your Sickle-Cell Trait Status (PDF).

The student-athlete or student-athlete’s primary insurance is responsible for all testing costs if electing to pursue a blood test to check for sickle-cell trait.

Signing of the waiver is not recommended; rather, it is preferred that all student-athletes know their status to help ensure their health and well-being during participation in athletics. Before signing the waiver, the student-athlete must review the educational materials below to ensure he/she is educated on sickle-cell trait.

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