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Timothy Neal

Athletic health care professionals, team physicians, and athletic trainers have an ethical obligation to safeguard the short- and long-term well-being of the athlete they care for. The potential long-term negative consequences to the student-athlete’s physical, cognitive, and mental health as a result of concussions and their mismanagement is a reality. How the athletic health care professional attends to this top priority of providing optimal health care to the concussed athlete while navigating the mitigating circumstances and influences of nonmedical entities found in competitive athletics is one of the great ethical challenges of present day sports medicine. Effectively navigating the complex challenges faced by athletic health care professionals is as important as the care delivered. Understanding the ethical challenges faced by athletic health care decision makers should be a central focus in providing the optimal care the patient deserves.

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Anthony Rossi, Tina Claiborne and Jamie Fetter

Aortic valves can be replaced using either mechanical valves or bio-prosthetic implants. Patients who receive mechanical valves are required to be on lifelong anticoagulants necessitating disqualification from competitive sports. 15 Bio-prosthetic valves can degenerate rapidly and require future

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Bryan Holtzman, Adam S. Tenforde, Allyson L. Parziale and Kathryn E. Ackerman

allow appropriate return to play. Major sports medicine organizations agree that consequences of LEA can harm an athlete, and limited clearance or disqualification may improve the safety and health of the athlete ( De Souza et al., 2014 ; Mountjoy et al., 2018 ). Yet, consensus is lacking on the best

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Kelly L. Holzberger, Kim Keeley and Martin Donahue

ablation for supraventricular tachycardia . Int J Med Sci . 2009 ; 6 ( 1 ): 28 – 36 . PubMed ID: 19158961 doi:10.7150/ijms.6.28 10.7150/ijms.6.28 4. Zipes DP , Link MS , Myerburg RJ . Eligibility and disqualification recommendations for competitive athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities

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Marco J. Konings and Florentina J. Hettinga

data collection. The study was approved by the local ethical committee and in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. Races involving falls, disqualifications, and/or missing values were excluded from the data set, as falls and/or disqualifications could affect the lap times and positioning of the

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Stein G.P. Menting, Marco J. Konings, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser and Florentina J. Hettinga

by the participants. The study was approved by the local ethical committee and is in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki. A total of 14,783 skating performances (spanning 2197 races) were analyzed. Falls and/or disqualifications could affect the lap times and positioning of the athletes and

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Marco J. Konings and Florentina J. Hettinga

races (13,646 skating performances); and 1851 1500-m races (10,894 skating performances) were analyzed. Whereas falls and/or disqualifications could affect the lap times and positioning of the athlete himself or herself as well as those of the other competitors (especially for the lower placed finishers

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Logan A. Lucas, Benjamin S. England, Travis W. Mason, Christopher R. Lanning, Taylor M. Miller, Alexander M. Morgan and Thomas Gus Almonroeder

:10.1097/JSM.0000000000000290 27315457 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000290 5. Tirabassi J , Brou L , Khodaee M , Lefort R , Fields SK , Comstock RD . Epidemiology of high school sports-related injuries resulting in medical disqualification: 2005–2006 through 2013–2014 academic years . Am J

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Adam M. Hyde, Robert G. McMurray, Frank A. Chavoya and Daniela A. Rubin

groups and the lack of a normal distribution in many variables. Statistical significance was set at P  ≤ .05. Trends toward statistical significance were set at P  < .10. Results Participant Disqualification One participant with PWS was disqualified for holding onto the handrails of the treadmill

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Kathryn E. Phillips and Will G. Hopkins

races won or lost due to technicalities (relegation, disqualification) were excluded from the analysis. For all races in each tournament, opponent names, sprint round, individual qualifying times, difference in qualifying times between opponents, and race outcome (win/loss) were recorded. Qualification