Fears of Discrimination Over Sickle Cell Testing

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It is now mandatory that athletes wanting to particpate in NCAA Division I sports be tested for sickle cell anemia. The new rule has some people worried that it could lead to racial discrimination.

Put in affect in April, it's aimed to prevent the sudden death of young athletes such as 19-year-old Dale Lloyd II, who died suddenly in 2006 after a rigorous practice for Rice University's football team.

The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin, believes many of these young athletes feel invincible and as if nothing can hurt them: "their body is a tool," he says.

Troy Duster, professor of sociology at NYU, is also a former chair to the Human Genome Project's National Advisory Committee on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications. Duster believes that because sickle cell anemia affects mostly African-Americans, these young black athletes could be scrutinized more closely than anyone else, because of these tests.