A proposal is making the rounds of the NCAA's Division I teams to test all athletes for sickle cell trait, according to an article in the New York Times. But the measure is being disputed by some groups, such as the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, that say the results could be used to discriminate against athletes who test positive for the disease, and that changing training practices would be enough to lower their risk of death.

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