NCAA: Discriminatory or Being Mindful

According to the NCAA, division I athletes are to be tested for sickle cell anemia, but taking this action should be prohibited since singling out this one health problem can cause other problems within society. Although Sickle Cell Anemia affects all racial groups, it is more prevalent, about 1 in 12, when it comes to African-Americans.  However, in the mid 1970s, a great number of military recruits died during training and after Hematologist John Kark directed a study among 18 deaths, only 13 of them had the sickle cell trait. Therefore a lot of African- Americans were rejected by the military and places of employment. In this study the most common type of death was from rhabdomyolysis— a condition in which the muscle fibers break down and release toxins into the bloodstream and the second most common death was caused by heat strokes. Even though heat is the central causing factor to the breaking down of the muscle, some of the sudden deaths were in moderate climates (might be related to dehydration). So therefore, other factors such as lack of food, sleep, or the consumption of alcohol can also contribute to dehydration.  For all we know, the remaining 5 individuals could have died from problems in breathing or of the heart or any of the other of millions of diseases that exist in the world. If an individual is passionate about the sports that they want to play, then they should be able to do so freely but to their discretion. Since one race is affected more by this complication, it will seem as if a group of people will be targeted for their skin color, eliminating people according to their health situation and not allowing them to pursue what they are very passionate about. Yes, each school is responsible for the welfare of its student athletes but ensuring a safe environment would get them farther into preventing deaths than screening will do. Students can always lie about the problems that they face in fear that they won’t be able to pursue their future career or hobby, like how Blacks used to be turned away from some places of employment. Instead, why not care for each individual as if they are all affected by some health risk and make sure each person stays hydrated, takes frequent breaks, establishes safety guidelines, and conducts research on cases of injury to assist in decision-making.


I liked working with this blog because it was the first blog that we were given to actually respond to. This article was quite interesting to me because it is a prevalent concern in our society today, especially as more athletes are getting injured while playing. It was an easy topic to write about and hopefully they are still considering this matter.

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