Evaluation of Pre-Participation Screening and Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Masters Athletes in British Columbia

Regular physical activity has well known health benefits. Paradoxically, exercise can increase the risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in those with underlying disease. Sports-related SCDs account for approximately 90% of all SCDs. Pre-participation screening can detect underlying disease and decrease sports-related SCD. Optimal screening methods have not been universally agreed and Canadian Masters athletes are not currently required to have a cardiovascular screen before participation in sport. We will evaluate pre-participation screening methods (cardiovascular history questionnaire, physical examination, 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG)) and cardiovascular risk in 850 Masters athletes over 5 years. This is the first study in Canada that will examine pre-participation screening methods, cardiovascular risk profiles, and prevalence of disorders that could cause SCD in Masters athletes. This study will contribute to the partner organization’s research and clinical mandates by using the data obtained from the study to gain a better understanding of the risk in Masters athletes. This will allow the organization to provide recommendations and ensure safe participation in sport and determine if screening increases the safety of sport in a reasonable, cost-effective fashion.

Faculty Supervisor:

Darren Warburton


Barbara Morrison


VGH and UBC Foundation




Medical devices


University of British Columbia



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