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2 Sickle Cell Anemia Hereditary blood disorder that occurs chiefly among the African American population. Causes attacks that may include severe pain, high fever, and damage to body organs and tissues.


4 Sickle Cell Anemia Sickle cell anemia may injure the body parts,especially the bones, central nervous system, lungs, liver and spleen. Some of the effects are: infections, jaundice, complications during pregnancy, leg ulcers and other complications.

5 Sickle Cell Anemia Inherited the sickling hemoglobin gene from both parents. Hemoglobin – What is it??? – Gives red blood cells their color – Carries Oxygen to Body Tissue Cells Cickle can clog vessels and deprive tissues of oxygen.

6 Sickle Cell Anemia vs Sickle Cell Trait Anemia Will suffer from pain episodes Trait Will never develop Sickle Cell Anemia Can pass gene on to children

7 How it Happens

8 How to Prevent a Sickle Cell Collapse Know your sickle cell trait status. Engage in a slow and gradual preseason conditioning regimen. Build up your intensity slowly while training. Set your own pace. Use adequate rest and recovery between repetitions, especially during “gassers” and intense station or “mat” drills. Avoid pushing with all-out exertion longer than two to three minutes without a rest interval or a breather.

9 How to Prevent a Sickle Cell Collapse If you experience symptoms such as muscle pain, abnormal weakness, undue fatigue or breathlessness, stop the activity immediately and notify your athletic trainer and/or coach. Stay well hydrated at all times, especially in hot and humid conditions. Avoid using high-caffeine energy drinks or supplements, or other stimulants, as they may contribute to dehydration. Maintain proper asthma management. Refrain from extreme exercise during acute illness, if feeling ill, or while experiencing a fever.

10 How to Prevent a Sickle Cell Collapse Beware when adjusting to a change in altitude, e.g., a rise in altitude of as little as 2,000 feet. Modify your training and request that supplemental oxygen be available to you. Seek prompt medical care when experiencing unusual physical distress.

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