Athletic participation by children and adolescents who have systemic hypertension

McCambridge, T. M.; Benjamin, H. J.; Brenner, J. S.; Cappetta, C. T.; Demorest, R. A.; Gregory, A. J.; Halstead, M.; Koutures, C. G.; LaBella, C. R.; Martin, S.; Rice, S. G.

Pediatrics. 2010 Jun 2; 125(6):1287-94


Children and adolescents who have hypertension may be at risk for complications when exercise causes their blood pressure to rise even higher. The purpose of this statement is to update recommendations concerning the athletic participation of individuals with hypertension, including special populations such as those with spinal cord injuries or obesity, by using the guidelines from "The 36th Bethesda Conference: Eligibility Recommendations for Competitive Athletes with Cardiovascular Abnormalities"; "The Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents"; and "The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure."

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