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Health: Do a health check before exercising with children

Health: Do a health check before exercising with children

First for the doctor, then for the sport: Parents should keep this in mind when their kids decide on performance-oriented training. Because doctors check the offspring, among other things, for undetected heart conditions.

Undetected heart disease repeatedly leads to sudden deaths in children and teens. For teens with such a genetic condition, intense exercise in particular is a life-threatening risk. That is why parents should always send their children for a health check-up before athletic competitions. This is what Professional Association of Pediatricians (BVKJ).

There are no warning signs

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is one of the most common congenital causes of a fatal heart rhythm disorder. The tricky thing about heart muscle disease is that there are no warning signs. Kids’ fitness for sports is checked during a health check-up and checked for potential heart conditions. “In this way, parents can ensure that the chosen sport is also appropriate for their children,” says Hermann Joseph Kahl of BVKJ. (Dpa)

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