Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Harms and benefits of screening young people to prevent sudden cardiac death

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 20 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1156

Rapid Response:

Prevention better than screening

Exercise is good for our health, but strenuous training for achieving athletic records and winning trophies is not.
After a certain point, agonistic sports can and will be harmful to the overall health of young people who strive for monetary gains and fame.
In Ancient Greece, Olympic athletes were amateur citizens, not paid professionals.
Nowadays, corporate sponsors compete for athletic performances, using young athletes as marketing strategies.
Whoever chooses to go along their game, seeking profits, must be aware of the devastating consequences that often accompany this way of living to the edge: debilitating skeletal injuries, and yes, sudden cardiac death.

Competing interests: No competing interests

24 April 2016
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Greece