Welcome to the CSANZ Sports Cardiology Working Group
In 2021 CSANZ formed a working group for Sports Cardiology due to the increased demand for training and a dedicated service provision for this niche field, whilst also providing a forum for discussing interesting cases and progress within Sports Cardiology.
The emerging sub-speciality of Sports Cardiology
Sports cardiology has been an area of significant growth in recent years with recognition that there are unique diagnostic challenges in identifying cardiac pathology and specific management considerations amongst athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Whilst there is an increased general awareness of the importance of physical activity in reducing one’s overall risk of cardiovascular disease there is also increased awareness of the potential for high level athletes to have underlying inherited or acquired cardiovascular disease that may place them at risk of adverse events during physical activity. The American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology established their own councils for Sports Cardiology as well as developing specific sports cardiology guideline documents. There is now a recommendation from both councils, that athletes should be reviewed in a centre with specialised expertise in sports cardiology to minimise harm to the athlete; by ensuring diagnostic accuracy and appropriate management recommendations are implemented for sports men and women.
The practice of sports cardiology requires a knowledge of cardiac imaging, clinical electrophysiology and inherited heart disease superimposed with an appreciation of exercise physiology. Moreover, like all fields of cardiology, expertise is acquired through practice and observation. There are established dedicated sports cardiology courses and training programs in Europe and the United States.
As a rapidly evolving field, we are interested to assess what the demand might be for structured programs in Australasia.
BENEFITS OF BEING PART OF THE CSANZ CARDIOLOGY WORKING GROUP:
- Invitation to the Sports Cardiology Working Group Meeting at the CSANZ ASM.
- Access to collaborative research opportunities.
- Access to educational and networking events.
- Be part of the grass roots of a new subsection of cardiology in Australasia.
Click on the links below to access the CSANZ Member website with important information about:
HOW TO JOIN THE WORKING GROUP
(current CSANZ membership is essential)
As we build our profile of experts, we invite you to contact us on [email protected] if you have an interest in research opportunities, collaborations, education or training in the field, attending events and building a valuable resource for those working in sports cardiology.
It’s very easy to join the Sports Cardiology Working Group, contact us by email with your name and contact details and subject: Join the Sports Cardiology Working Group and send it to [email protected].